Pope Benedict, shown here in 2006, opened a three-week synod of African bishops by pressing his case against capitalism.
From his palace at the Vatican, Pope Benedict warned bishops of an ongoing “new colonialism” that exports capitalist materialism—what he called “toxic spiritual rubbish”—to the African continent.
Pope Benedict has warned that a form of colonialism continues to blight Africa.
Opening a three-week synod of African bishops, he said political colonialism was over.
But he said the developed world continued to export materialism - which he called “toxic spiritual rubbish” - to the continent.
Almost 200 bishops from 53 African states have gathered to discuss how the Catholic Church can help resolve the continent’s social injustices and wars.
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