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Friday, January 27, 2006

Pope: Democracy without "values" is totalitarianism

(AGI) - Vatican City, Jan. 27 - "A democracy without values can easily turn into an open or hidden totalitarianism as history teaches us" said Pope Benedict XVI reiterating the basic concept of John Paul II's "Centesimus annus".

This way, he once again invited the Associations of Italian Christian Workers to "make sure that consensus grows for a number of shared values". Otherwise, "our call for democracy risks turning into a mere formality stressing differences and exacerbating problems".

Explaining that "democracy alone can ensure equality and rights for all" Pope Ratzinger stressed that "democracy and justice are somehow interdependent": "justice is a benchmark for democracy". Finally, the Pope said that "our search for the truth leads to a real rather than superficial democracy".

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