Pope says China “suffocates” faith, urges dialogue

Pope BenedictIn his most significant address on China to date, Pope Benedict on Saturday decried state restrictions on religious freedom that “suffocate” the Church and sow division among the country’s Catholics.But the Pontiff also extended an olive branch to Beijing, saying he hoped to strike an agreement with officially atheist China, where millions of Catholics worship under a state-controlled church that does not recognize his authority. (Reuters)

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