Pope warns young British Catholics of 'temptations'

16th September 2010, Comments 0 comments

Pope Benedict XVI warned young Catholics about the "temptations" of drugs, money, sex, pornography and alcohol in a homily on Thursday at the first open-air mass of his state visit to Britain.

"There are many temptations placed before you every day -- drugs, money, sex, pornography, alcohol -- which the world tells you will bring you happiness, yet these things are destructive and divisive," the pope said.

He told the estimated crowd of 65,000 in Glasgow's Bellahouston Park there was "only one thing which lasts" -- "the love of Jesus Christ personally for each one of you".

Earlier in a speech after meeting Queen Elizabeth II, the pope warned of the dangers of "aggressive secularism" as Britain strives to be a "modern and multicultural society".

During his four-day visit, Benedict will also travel to London and the central English city of Birmingham, where he will preside on Sunday over the beatification mass of a 19th century cardinal, John Henry Newman.

© 2010 AFP

0 Comments To This Article