Volunteering challenges cost culture: Benedict

Pope Benedict has praised Austria's volunteering as a challenge to "a culture which would calculate the cost of everything".

Catholic News Service reports on his meeting with 1800 volunteer represantives before concluding his Austrian visit.

He told them that their generous and unpaid service to others is essential to modern society.

The Holy Father said "love of neighbor" can never simply be delegated to the state, but demands personal commitment in order to keep its human dimension.

He said that to allow oneself to be called to service to others, without the usual questions about whether it is useful or profitable, is a path taken by many saints through the centuries and is no less relevant today.

Unpaid service has much to do with God's grace, he said, and it challenges the thinking of "a culture which would calculate the cost of everything."

The 80-year-old pope smiled and walked briskly as he took his seat next to Austrian President Heinz Fischer. Like many of the papal events in Austria, the meeting with volunteers featured orchestral interludes.

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11 Sep 2007