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Pope Benedict XVI addresses evolution in Easter address

By Catholic Online
4/25/2011 (5 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Pontiff says that man is not 'merely a random product of evolution'

Pope Benedict XVI marked Easter Sunday by stressing that humanity isn't a random product of evolution. Benedict stressed the Biblical account of creation in his Easter Vigil homily by saying it was wrong to think at some point "in some tiny corner of the cosmos there evolved randomly some species of living being capable of reasoning and of trying to find rationality within creation, or to bring rationality into it."

Benedict began the service by lighting a candle and walking down a darkened central aisle of St. Peter's Basilica in silence, while hundreds of faithful in the pews shared the flame from candle to candle until the entire basilica twinkled.

Benedict began the service by lighting a candle and walking down a darkened central aisle of St. Peter's Basilica in silence, while hundreds of faithful in the pews shared the flame from candle to candle until the entire basilica twinkled.

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By Catholic Online
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
4/25/2011 (5 years ago)

Published in Europe

Keywords: Pope Benedict, Easter Sunday, evolution


P>LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "If man were merely a random product of evolution in some place on the margins of the universe, then his life would make no sense or might even be a chance of nature," he said. "But no, reason is there at the beginning: creative, divine reason."

Roman Catholicism has said that evolutionary theory are not necessarily at odds. A Christian can, for example, accept the theory of evolution to help explain developments, but is taught to believe that God, not random chance, is the origin of the world. The Vatican has previously warned against creationism, or the overly literal interpretation of the Biblical account of creation.

Benedict's voice was hoarse, coughing several times during the three-hour service, which ended after midnight. It was the second late night in a row for the 84-year-old pontiff following his participation in the Good Friday Way of the Cross procession at Rome's Coliseum, which commemorates Jesus' death.

The Pope celebrated Easter Mass in St. Peter's Square and gave his traditional Easter greetings in dozens of languages. It will be the last major celebration before next week's beatification of Pope John Paul II.

The Easter Vigil is the most important liturgy on the church's calendar, when the faithful mark the passage from Christ's death to his resurrection on Easter Sunday. It is rich with symbols: fire and light signifying Jesus' resurrection, and the water used to baptize people into the faith.

Benedict baptized six adults from Switzerland, Albania, Russia, Peru, Singapore and China over the weekend, pouring water over their heads as he prayed.

Benedict began the service by lighting a candle and walking down a darkened central aisle of St. Peter's Basilica in silence, while hundreds of faithful in the pews shared the flame from candle to candle until the entire basilica twinkled.

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