Swiss Catholics protest pope

9th March 2009, Comments 0 comments

Some 1,500 Roman Catholics demonstrate in Luzern Sunday against the pope’s conservative policies.

GENEVA - Some 1,500 Roman Catholics demonstrated in Switzerland Sunday against the pope's conservative policies and his decision to lift the excommunication of a Holocaust-denying bishop, ATS news agency said.

The demonstration in the central city of Luzern was partly caused by Pope Benedict XVI's controversial decision to welcome back four bishops from the ultra-conservative Society of Saint Pius X.

Among the four was bishop Richard Williamson, who claims that no Jews were killed in Nazi gas chambers.

The demonstrators also urged fellow Catholics not to leave the church and called on the Vatican to favour a contemporary application of the faith.

AFP / Expatica

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