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Protest held at Vatican over pope's comment about gay marriage; police seize signs

VATICAN CITY — Activists angered by Pope Benedict XVI's recent comment about gay marriage have held a small protest in St. Peter's Square during the pontiff's weekly address there.

The protesters carried signs in several languages, including ones saying: “Marriage for All” and “Homophobia (equals) death.”

An Associated Press journalist saw police quickly seize placards from four of the protesters who entered the square Sunday as pilgrims and tourists were watching the pope appear at his studio window.

In his annual peace message released by the Vatican on Friday, the pontiff called gay marriage, and abortion, threats to peace.

The organizers of the protest issued a statement saying: “Gay unions don't harm peace. Weapons do.”

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