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Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict conducts a Mass in Bavaria in September 2006 (AFP)

FIGHTING SECULARISM, EXTREMISM: On April 19, 2005, German-born Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was elected pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. Since becoming Pope Benedict XIV, the pope has labored to combat growing secularism in Europe and growing fundamentalist extremism in the Islamic world. His efforts have sometimes provoked controversy.


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Pope's Remarks Bring Interfaith Dialogue To Crisis Point

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Catholic, Orthodox Churches Unite Against European Secularism

Orthodox And Catholics -- Heading Toward Reconciliation?

Pope Reaches Out To Jewish, Muslim Leaders

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