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Vatican     POPE WARNS AGAINST EXCESSIVE DEVOTION TO VIRGIN MARY
Pope John Paul II closed an international congress on the Virgin Mary on Sunday by encouraging the faithful in their devotion to her, but warning them against "superstition" and "credulity".
    "Mary should be loved and honoured, but with a devotion that, to be authentic, is removed from every sort of superstition and credulity," the pontiff said to the thousands gathered in St Peter's Square.
    He reminded them that the church recognises only a few apparitions of the Virgin Mary.
    John Paul is a devotee of the Virgin Mary and has dedicated his pontificate to her. Sunday was the final day of the 20th international congress on Mariology, which attracted around 1 500 theologians.
   
AP
   
26 Sep 00



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