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Benedict XVI asks for an end to attacks against Christians for Quran burning threat

The Pope did not specifically mention the burning of a school and a church, nor the provocations of the American pastor who wanted to burn the Quran.

During his weekly catechesis the Pope spoke about St. Clare of Assisi, recalling how she was the first woman in history to write a monastic Rule; that is, the indications that the Poor Clares still have to follow.

Benedict XVI“Clare?s Rule, the first written by a woman, sought to preserve and foster the Franciscan charism in the growing number of women?s communities which followed the example of Francis and her own."

Concerning today?s feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, the Pope encouraged the sick, newlywed couples and young people not to be afraid of the Cross.

Benedict XVI“Do not be afraid to remain near the Cross, as Mary did. The Lord will infuse you with the courage to overcome all obstacles in your daily lives”.

At the end of the general audience the Pope returned by helicopter to Castel Gandolfo where he is completing preparations for his forthcoming trip to the United Kingdom.BR/PACTVJM-BN-