Pope decries growing ‘aversion’ to Christianity, urges Christians to unite on ethical issues

Jan 25, 2010 14:17 EST

ALESSANDRA TARANTINO

Pope Benedict XVI celebrates a Vespers ceremony at St. Paul outside the walls’ Basilica in Rome, Monday, Jan. 25, 2010. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

He urged Christians to overcome their differences through dialogue so that they can unite their efforts to influence debates in society on ethical issues like abortion, euthanasia and the limits of science and technology.

Benedict was leading a Vespers service in the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls to mark the end of a week that the Vatican each year dedicates to prayers for Christian unity.

The pontiff has made better relations among Christians an important aim of his papacy.