Pope says Catholics in politics must follow faith
Sat Nov 15, 1:01 pm ET
VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI is encouraging Catholics who get involved in politics to stay true to their church's teaching.
Benedict says it is necessary that a new generation of Catholics in politics be "coherent" with the faith they profess.
He also recommends that they act with moral rigor and work passionately for the common good.
The pope urged Vatican officials in a speech Saturday to be vigilant about the evangelical education of Catholics who get so involved in society.
Benedict recently said religion and politics should be "open to each other."
The Vatican is particularly attentive to political action about abortion, euthanasia and embryonic stem cell research.