Pope Benedict XVI yesterday appeared to join in the Republic's controversial abortion debate when he expressed his 'dismay' at the proposed introduction of abortion legislation 'in various countries, even those of Christian tradition'.
The pontiff made his remarks during his annual keynote address to the Vatican's diplomatic corps, in which he touched on many of the world's most intractable problems.
These included the Syrian conflict, the need for Israelis and Palestinians to 'commit themselves to a peaceful co-existence', violence in sub-Saharan Africa and increasing inequality .
However, Irish antennae will pay particular attention to his remarks on abortion: 'I must note with dismay that, in various countries, even those of Christian tradition, efforts are being made to introduce or expand legislation which decriminalises abortion'.
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