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Pope calls for an end to violence in Nigeria, 500 dead

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St. Bonaventure fought the divisions between the Franciscans over the role of its founder. The saint reminded them that the Church, though traditional, is not fixed on the past and  is open to change.

The Pope said this conflict was encountered after the Second Vatican Council, which some regarded as the beginning of another church.

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“Some people were convinced that all was new, that a new Church existed, that the pre-conciliar Church had come to an end and that there would be another completely different Church.”

Benedict XVI remembered Paul VI and John Paul II, who both defended the novelty of the Council as the continuity of the Church but also against those who wanted a break from the past.

Meanwhile, Benedict XVI also called for an end to the violence in Nigeria, which has claimed the lives of 500 people. Women, the elderly and children are being killed with machetes as part of an inter- tribal conflict, which is falsely being portrayed as a struggle between Christians and Muslims.

Benedict XVI
“Once again I say from the bottom of my heart that the violence does not resolve conflicts, but only increases their tragic consequences.”

The pope has also called on the international community to help the victims of the earthquake in Turkey which has left more than 50 people dead and about 100 others injured.

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