Pope: Youth must avoid 'snares of evil'

Pope Benedict XVI urged young Catholics packing a soccer stadium Thursday to resist the temptations of wealth, power and other "snares of evil," and told them to promote life from "its beginning to natural end."

Pope: Youth must avoid 'snares of evil'
Pope Benedict XVI urged young Catholics packing a soccer stadium Thursday to resist the temptations of wealth, power and other "snares of evil," and told them to promote life from "its beginning to natural end."

The references to church prohibitions against abortion and euthanasia came in Benedict's first major speech since arriving in Brazil, the world's largest Catholic country, on his first pilgrimage to Latin America.

While he made no mention of the church's battle against Brazil's free distribution on condoms to combat AIDS, he touched on sexual themes with a call for fidelity between spouses and chastity "both within and outside marriage" — church language for responsible sex.

The pope also met Thursday with Brazilian religious leaders, including members of the local Jewish and Islamic communities. The Muslim representative gave his white cape to the pope, describing the gift as a "gesture of brotherhood," Lombardi said.

There were no representatives from evangelical churches, which have attracted millions of Catholics in recent years.
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