|Vatican||POPE CONDEMNS GAY RIGHTS MARCH|
Pope John Paul has condemned Saturday's gay rights march in Rome.|
Speaking to tens of thousands of pilgrims in St Peter's Square, he expressed his anger over the festival, saying it was an offence to the Christian values of a city dear to Catholics worldwide.
He said the Catholic church could not keep quiet about the truth -- it considered homosexual acts to be against natural law.
Meanwhile, the Rome-based Zenit church news agency claims numbers attending the Gay Pride event has fallen short of expectations by up to 30%. It says the Italian railways were forced to cancel a special train due to lack of interest, and many of those who attended went out of curiosity rather than commitment to the cause.
BBC & Zenit (available soon)