Pope Benedict XVI criticised George Bush as he declared states had to set ethical limits in what they do to protect their citizens from terrorism.
He also suggested some countries had flouted humanitarian law in recent wars.
International human rights groups have criticised the U.S. over its treatment of terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay and the practice of ‘rendition’, or flying terror suspects to third countries for interrogation.
Although the Pope did not identify any specific countries, Vatican sources made it clear he was referring to the U.S. particularly.
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