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Pope asks bishops of Angola to act against witchcraft

Benedict XVI ;“The first problem is couples living together before marriage. This contradicts God?s plan for generations and the human family.”The pope then talked about the danger ; of combining Christianity with some traditional African religions, some of which practice witchcraft. Even though baptized, some people fall into the cultural practices of witchcraft. The pope condemned these acts, which at times even lead to the murder of children and the elderly. ; ;Benedict XVI“But through the grace of Baptism, they are called to renounce these prevailing trends. They must go against this, guided by the spirit of Beatitudes.”The pope recognized that discrimination among tribes is a challenging reality, that must be overcome. He thanked the bishops for taking on their pastoral mission, in areas that usually don?t welcome foreigners. KLH CTVJMBN