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Congressman Pacquiao hopes to meet Pope Benedict XVI, says Arum

By: - Editor / @RLuarcaINQ
/ 09:23 PM July 07, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao may have to alter his hectic schedule in order to have a chance to meet with Pope Benedict XVI.

Top Rank Promotions chief Bob Arum indicated he could arrange an audience with the leader of the Roman Catholic Church for the pound-for-pound boxing king.

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Arum told Granville Ampong of Examiner.com on Tuesday that Pacquiao’s religiosity would make such a meeting easier.

“I knew the Holy See has to be very pleased with Pacquiao’s stance on birth control and his opposition to passing out condoms,” said Arum.

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Pacquiao adheres to natural family planning methods and is a prominent oppositor to the Reproductive Health Bill.

The 79-year-old Arum played a big role in arranging a meeting between Pacquiao, also the Sarangani representative in Congress, and US President Barrack Obama in 2010.

Arum said the Sept. 3 and 4 kickoff of the Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez III press tour at the Quirino Grandstand at Rizal Park would involve the religious sector.

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