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Vatican calls on Catholics and Buddhists to work together to promote nonviolence


The Vatican has called on Catholics and Buddhists to work together to teach wider society the value of a nonviolent lifestyle, saying in a letter for an upcoming Buddhist holiday that the founders of the two faiths were alike in their promotion of peacemaking.

“Jesus Christ and the Buddha were promoters of nonviolence as well as peacemakers,” the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue writes in a letter issued Saturday for the upcoming Buddhist holiday of Vesakh.

Pope Benedict celebrates birthday with Bavarian guests, beer, pretzels


 A bit of Bavaria, including German beer and pretzels, came to the Vatican to help celebrate retired Pope Benedict XVI's 90th birthday.

"Thank you for bringing Bavaria here," he told his guests, commenting on the beauty of gathering together under a blue Roman sky with white clouds -- colors that "recall the white and blue flag of Bavaria" and how "it's always the same sky" no matter where one finds oneself in the world.



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April 21-May 4, 2017