Vatican     OFFICIAL SAYS POPE'S APOLOGY AIDS MISSIONARY EFFORTS
Apologising for the past improper methods of spreading the Gospel strengthens the church's credibility, according to a top Vatican missionary official.
   "The fact that the church recognizes its historical responsibility can aid (missionary work) rather than damage it," said Archbishop Marcello Zago, secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.
   Archbishop Zago said that some missionaries have been guilty of failure to respect local cultures, especially in Latin America and in Asia. These missionaries acted wrongly, but part of the problem was "the lack of the church's preparation to open itself to these realities," he told the Vatican's missionary news service, Fides.
   
CNS
16/3/00

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