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Pope John Paul II urged a group of visiting bishops from southern Brazil to stand by the truth and protect it from distortion and manipulation. "The bishop is a servant of truth. He does not manipulate the truth to his own liking but conveys it with strict fidelity," the pontiff said. During his recent tour of Latin America, the Pope repeatedly rejected the so-called theology of liberation and urged priests and nuns to confront the region's grinding poverty by proclaiming the truth of the church's teachings and not of "passing ideologies."

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