Pope doles Belgium's penance

24th November 2003, Comments 0 comments

24 November 2003, BRUSSELS – Pope John Paul II voiced concerns over the popularity of the Catholic Church in Belgium and the country’s stance on euthanasia, during a visit by Belgian bishops to the Vatican.

24 November 2003

BRUSSELS – Pope John Paul II voiced concerns over the popularity of the Catholic Church in Belgium and the country’s stance on euthanasia, during a visit by Belgian bishops to the Vatican.

“Information concerning the situation of your church are preoccupying,” the Pope told the visiting group of pontiffs Saturday, led by Cardinal Godfried Daneels.

The Pope was making allusion to the decrease in practising Catholics in Belgium, as well as the decrease in the number of men entering the priesthood.

The ailing Pope also referred to Belgium’s law on euthanasia as “worrying in areas which touch fundamental dimensions of human and social life,” reported La Libre Belgique.

John-Paul II asked the group of bishops to continue their fight to relay the values of Christianity to the Belgian people.

Cardinal Daneels, who noted that the Pope’s concerns should not be overly-dramatised, is one of the front-runners in the race to become the next Pope.

[Copyright Expatica News 2003]

Subject: Belgian news



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