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Our world has grown weary of greed: Pope

Published Jul 17, 2008

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Sydney - Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday delivered a stinging attack on pop culture, consumerism and "false idols" to 150 000 mainly teenaged Catholic pilgrims gathered in Australia for World Youth Day.

The pontiff reminded the young foreign and Australian pilgrims in Sydney for the Catholic festival of how the apostles stepped forward to "oppose the perversity in the culture around them" when they established the church.

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"Our world has grown weary of greed, exploitation and division, of the tedium of false idols and piecemeal responses, and the pain of false promises," the pope said.

The 81-year-old spiritual leader of the world's 1,1-billion Catholics said there were numerous signs indicating "something is amiss" in modern society.

"In our personal lives and in our communities, we encounter a hostility, something dangerous; a poison which threatens to corrode what is good, reshape who we are and distort the purpose for which we have been created," he said.

Pope Benedict XVI said alcohol and drug abuse were two of the most prevalent examples of modern ills.

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