Monday, March 23, 2009

French street battle over the Pope

Comment: only in France... It is not at all clear what 'Far right' means here.

From CFNews: Far-right youths clashed with left-wing activists who had gathered outside Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris this morning to protest against Pope Benedict's opposition to condoms, a police source said.

About 30 ecologists and Communists threw condoms on the ground outside the cathedral, where worshippers were leaving Sunday mass.

One person was injured and three were arrested after clashes between the protesters and about 20 youths who the police source said were associated with the far-right and who were carrying placards saying "Leave my Pope alone."

Benedict said in Africa Tuesday that the use of condoms was complicating the fight against AIDS, reaffirming the Church's opposition to condoms. [Reuters]

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Pope Leo XIII's Prayer to St Michael

Holy Michael, Archangel, defend us in the day of battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, thrust down to Hell Satan, and all wicked spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen