Sunday, July 01, 2007


A view of Pope Benedict XVI's letter to the faithful in China shown in St. Peter's Square Sunday July 1, 2007 after its release Saturday June 30, 2007. The Vatican's release of the 55-page letter showed it was eager for it to be widely read: it translated the letter into five languages - including Mandarin in both traditional and simplified characters. Version in English is in white cover at center. In the letter the pontiff urged all Roman Catholics in China to unite under his authority, praising the underground faithful for their loyalty to Rome but saying they should reconcile with Catholics of the official state-run church. (AP Photo/Plinio Lepri)

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