Dial a Pope: Pope on TV comforts girl in quake trauma

Vatican City — Pope Benedict XVI consoled a Japanese girl, 7, reassured a mother about her ailing sons soul and advised a Muslim woman that dialogue was the way to peace in Cote dIvoire.

In a push to engage the world online, the pontiff fielded their questions during an unusual Good Friday appearance on Italian TV. It was hardly a casual or spontaneous chat: Seven questions were selected from thousands that poured in via RAI televisions website, and Benedict recorded his answers last week.

He seemed a bit stiff, sitting all alone in a big white chair behind his desk inside the Apostolic Palace as an unseen interviewer read out the letters to him.

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