Pope Benedict XVI warns of moral 'darkness' as he celebrates Easter Mass
Pope Benedict, leading the world's Catholics into Easter, says technological progress, in the absence of awareness of God and moral values, poses a threat to the world.
08 Apr 2012
Wearing gold and white vestments at the Mass, his last Holy Week service before Easter Sunday, the Pope wove his sermon around the theme of darkness and light.
"The darkness that poses a real threat to mankind, after all, is the fact that he can see and investigate tangible material things, but cannot see where the world is going or whence it comes, where our own life is going, what is good and what is evil.
"The darkness enshrouding God and obscuring values is the real threat to our existence and to the world in general," he said.
The Pope repeating one of the central themes of his pontificate, said man was too often in awe of technology instead of being in awe of God.
"If God and moral values, the difference between good and evil, remain in darkness, then all other "lights", that put such incredible technical feats within our reach, are not only progress but also dangers that put us and the world at risk.
"Today we can illuminate our cities so brightly that the stars of the sky are no longer visible. Is this not an image of the problems caused by our version of enlightenment? the rest
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