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Pope calls for solidarity, generosity in economic crisis

Benedict recalls John XXIII on visit to Loreto

Pope calls for solidarity, generosity in economic crisis

(ANSA) - Loreto, October 4 - Pope Benedict XVI called Thursday for solidarity and generosity in the face of the ongoing economic crisis shaking much of the world. Despite the hardships many families suffer, now is the time for people to put aside their egos and think of others, the Pope said while celebrating Mass in front of the Basilica della Santa Casa in the Marche town of Loreto, which houses an important Catholic shrine dedicated to the Virgin Mary. "In the current crisis, which affects not only the economy but various sectors of society," people must put aside selfishness and instead work in solidarity with troubled families and the young, said the Pope. He also urged Catholics to trust in the Virgin Mary to help with "all of the difficulties of our world". Before celebrating Mass, the Pope - who arrived by helicopter - prayed in the Holy House of Nazareth, which according to tradition is the house in which the Virgin Mary lived. It is said that in medieval times, when the sacred house was threatened with destruction by the Turks, the house was carried by angels through the air and eventually left in Loreto. The Pope travelled to the Marian city to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the visit of Pope John XXIII, who made a pilgrimage to Loreto in 1962 to pray for the success of the Second Vatican Council.

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