Pope Urges Church Construction in Major Cities

VATICAN CITY, DEC. 11, 2005 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI encouraged the construction of new churches in major cities, so that all Christian communities have a house in which to encounter God in the liturgy.

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In particular, the Pope urged the construction of churches in newer neighborhoods, to help promote social and cultural development.

The Holy Father’s words, after reciting the midday Angelus today with thousands of people gathered in St. Peter’s Square, were addressed in particular to his Diocese of Rome.

For years, Advent in Rome has been dedicated to raising funds to build new churches in neighborhoods where Masses are frequently celebrated in garages.

“I appeal to everyone’s sensitivity,” said Benedict XVI, “because there is still a long way to go to ensure for faithful of this city, who continue to grow, appropriate environments for the liturgy, catechesis, and works of social and cultural animation.”

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