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Pope issues call for more politcal talks in Europe

By AP Reporters

Pope Francis has said Christians can help shape Europe's future by promoting political dialogue "especially where it is threatened and where conflict seems to prevail".

His speech on Saturday comes a day after the regional parliament in Catalonia made a unilateral declaration of independence from Spain, and as Britain negotiates its exit from Europe after four decades.

The Pope told church and political leaders that politics, rather than the promotion of dialogue, "is instead becoming a forum for clashes between opposing forces". He said Christians can help by underlining that Europe is "made up of people", not institutions and statistics.

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