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President Praises Pope Benedict’s Defense of Culture of Life

This morning, President George Bush formally welcomed Pope Benedict XVI to the United States during a ceremony on the South Lawn at the White House.  In a short speech, the President praised the Pope’s promotion and defense of a culture of life, stating:

“In a world where some treat life as something to be debased and discarded, we need your message that all human life is sacred and that each of us is willed, each of us is loved, and each of us is necessary.”

This comment drew sustained applause from the crowd of 13,000 gathered to welcome the pontiff.  We wholeheartedly agree.