Pope Benedict praises PH bishops’ fight against contraception and corruption

Pope Benedict XVI praised the efforts of Filipino bishops to fight the promotion of contraception and corruption in the country, reports GMANews.tv.

"I commend the church in the Philippines for seeking to play its part in support of human life from conception until natural death, and in defense of the integrity of marriage and the family," the Pope told Filipino bishops at the end of their visit to Rome last week, according to the Archdiocese of Manila website.

According to GMANews.tv, the Pope also said the Filipino bishops are "rightly concerned that there be an ongoing commitment to the struggle against corruption, since the growth of a just and sustainable economy will only come about when there is a clear and consistent application of the rule of law throughout the land." He added that the bishops’ "charitable action on behalf of the poor continue to be greatly appreciated."

The Pope also urged the Catholic Church to spread the gospel through media and social communications. "It is important that the Catholic laity proficient in social communications take their proper place in proposing the Christian message in a convincing and attractive way."

For more on this story, log on to GMANews.tv and RCAM.org.

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