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Ratzinger affirms peace and justice as path to God

The Christians and members of other faiths who gathered with Pope John Paul II in Assisi affirmed that seeking God means seeking peace and justice, according to Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger.

"If we as Christians set out on the path toward peace following the example of St. Francis, we do not need to fear losing our identity; it is precisely then that we will find it," wrote the cardinal, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

"And, if others join with us in the search for peace and justice, neither they nor we should fear that the truth might be trampled under the beautiful phrases uttered," he wrote in an article about last month's interfaith meeting in the Italian magazine 30 Giorni.