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Pope calls on couples to marry

Published 06/06/2011 | 08:00

Pope Benedict XVI has denounced the 'disintegration' of family life in Europe (AP)
Pope Benedict XVI has denounced the 'disintegration' of family life in Europe (AP)

Pope Benedict XVI has denounced the "disintegration" of family life in Europe and called for couples to make a commitment to marry and have children, not just live together, as he re-affirmed traditional Catholic family values during his second and final day in Croatia.

The Pope also voiced the Vatican's opposition to abortion at an open-air Mass at Zagreb's hippodrome, the highlight of his trip to mark the local church's national day of families.

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