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31. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

Quoting james

Funny thing is in society, the more sex education that is provided, the more condoms that are needed, the more unwanted pregnancies there are, and the more abortions take place.Perhaps the old fella was actually onto something...

if you use condom there is only a small chance for a pregnancy and eventually abortion - it's as well a preventative againsts stds and hiv.

In Africa more people dies from aids then from any other desease. But no region of the world has remained untouched. The epidemic has driven many people to destitution, and is undermining poor countries' chances of development. So far 50 million people infected with over 3 million deaths every year.

32. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Pope John Paul II will be buried on Wednesday, Italian newspaper La Repubblica said on its website.

33. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Quoting Wocca

Pope John Paul II will be buried on Wednesday, Italian newspaper La Repubblica said on its website.

Looks now like he will be buried on

34. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Thanks for the update. We don't get much of this news in China. I saw something news late last night on the only English channel, which showed Beijing Catholics mourning the death. It mentioned that China does not have diplomatic ties with The Vatican

35. Posted by Zhou (Full Member 126 posts) 11y

Oh, Wocca, I`m afraid you didn`t find the right news media. I knew he was dying from sina web two days or earlier, and I`ve been keeping my eyes on that since then.China government immediately expressed their mourn and the Foreign Affairs Dept. answered reporters` questions two days ago.CCTV news reported this the day before yesterday at 19:28 pm. I watched it.Sina news said China government was hoping Sino-Vatican relationship would remain stable in the future...What only English channel do you usually watch?

36. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 11y

To touch on what many of you have said about the Pope touching lives - I agree with you 100 per cent. I am by no means religious, but I find it so amazing the way he has affected people. The Pope died while I was working, so all weekend I was going to church-related events and talking to many Polish and Catholic people in the community. I understand the emotion the Cardinal and Bishop I spoke to felt because they have met him and spent a lot of time with him, but the amount of people who were saddened by his passing blew me away. Yes, it is a very sad thing, anyone dying is, but I couldn't believe how many people cried in front of me when I asked them how they felt about the Pope passing. Many of whom never met John Paul II. Some of whom only got a glace of him when he came to the city over 20 years ago. At one ceremony I went to, the only way I could describe the mood was somber - as if the thousands of people in the church had lost a friend or a family member. He seemed to be one of those people who touched every age, race and religion. Even in his death he continues to amaze.

37. Posted by Zhou (Full Member 126 posts) 11y

Wocca, if you wanna learn news in English, you may check,, all have English versions including most updated world news. Xinhua news agency(I worked there) was the first one in the world to report breaking out of Iraq war. Don`t think poorly of chinese news media. (well,sometimes it is though)

38. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Thanks Zhou. We only get CCTV9, which repeats its programs a few times each day. I don't think poorly of the Chinese media at all. Foreigners in other countries are of course hearing foreign news faster. That's all

39. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Pope John Paul II wrote for at least an hour every day. One of his series of lectures which he gave on Wednesdays in the Vatican was called the Theology of the Body. I hope that these writings will become a definitive work. He wrote on many things and was an exceptionally learned man.

He was a great, albeit a conservative, pope. There was something very special about him. I was really touched to see how much the Italians loved him when I was in St. Peter's Square on Christmas morning 1997. He passed close by me in his Pope-Mobile and, while I feel that I have failed at religion (or religion has failed me) so far in my life, I felt a strange excitement to be in his presence that day.

40. Posted by abcdf (Full Member 557 posts) 11y

i heard he spoke 12 different languages fluently and was learning more.