Monday, October 05, 2009

Colonialism Blights Africa- Pope

Opening a three-week synod of African bishops, pope Benedict has warned that the developed world continues to export materialism and lack of moral values which he called ''toxic spiritual waste'' to the African continent.

He praised Africa's rich cultural and spiritual treasure, calling them spiritual lungs for the world but the continent was afflicted by an export of the so called ''first world.''

In this sense colonialism, which is over at a political level, has never really come to an end.

The pope went on to denounce religious fundamentalism, which he warned was mixed with political and economical interests.

''These groups do not teach love and respect for freedom, but intolerance and violence'', he said.

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