Support for Pope more telling than ‘approval rating’



CLOSE to 200,000 people gathered at St Peter’s Square on Sunday in a show of solidarity for Pope Benedict XVI and his efforts to tackle the clerical abuse problem within the Church.

While secular media speculates about trust and support in the Holy Father, particularly in Italy after the publication of an offensive ‘approval rating’ yesterday, there was no doubt about the intent of the banners around St Peter’s that bore slogans such as ‘Together with the Pope.’

Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, president of the Italian Bishops’ conference, offered a prayer for sex abuse victims shortly before the Pope’s led the Regina Coeli prayer.

Those behind  Sunday’s rally of support said the event not a reaction to criticism of the Pope but a gesture of solidarity.

Video link to rally at St Peter’s

Link to ‘approval rating’ report


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