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Pope Warns of Threats to Families

ROME, APRIL 14, 2006 ( Benedict XVI reflected on threats to families and the gap between the world’s rich and poor as he presided over a Way of the Cross at the Roman Colosseum.

“In the mirror of the cross we have seen all the suffering of humanity today,” the Pope told the thousands of people on hand for the Good Friday event.

“We saw the suffering of abandoned, abused babies … threats against families, the division in the world in the pride of the rich and the misery of all those who suffer hunger and thirst,” he added.

The event was expected to be broadcast in 42 countries.

[A translation of the Pope’s address will appear in ZENIT’s news dispatch on Saturday.]

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