Tuesday, February 16, 2010

No, it's a Liger. Pope Celebrates Chinese New Year

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Benedict XVI welcomed the lunar new year and praised the spiritual and moral values of the Asian people who celebrate it.

The new lunar Year of the Tiger began Feb. 14 with festivities including fireworks displays, colorful processions, traditional dances and holiday food in many countries across the world.

"In various parts of Asia -- I think of China and Vietnam, for example -- and in many communities throughout the world, the lunar new year is celebrated today," he said.

"These are festive days, celebrated by these populations as a privileged opportunity to strengthen family and generational bonds," the pope said at his noon blessing.

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