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Pope says denying God no path to peace

Published on Dec 25, 2012 8:41 AM
 
Pope Benedict XVI gestures as he arrives to celebrate a late Christmas night holy mass at St. Peter's Basilica to mark the nativity of Jesus Christ, in Vatican City on December 24, 2012. -- PHOTO: AFP

VATICAN CITY (AFP) - Pope Benedict XVI said in his Christmas Eve mass on Monday that religion can be corrupted, leading to violence and wars, but refuted critics who claim that denying God's existence would lead to peace.

"It is true that religion can become corrupted... when people think they have to take God's cause into their own hands, making God into their private property," the pope told thousands gathered in Saint Peter's basilica.

"Monotheism, belief in one God, is said to be arrogance, a cause of intolerance, because by its nature, with its claim to possess the sole truth, it seeks to impose itself on everyone," Pope Benedict said.

However, "while there is no denying a certain misuse of religion in history, yet it is not true that denial of God would lead to peace," he added.

 
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