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Pope appears in historic Q&A Good Friday TV program

Pope Benedict XVI is making history on Good Friday, as the first pontiff to take part in a television question-and-answer program.

The 80-minute pre-recorded episode featured Benedict answering seven questions submitted to him from people across the world.

The program aired on the Italian Rai channel.

Viewers saw a split screen featuring the Pontiff sitting in the Vatican library and those asking the questions filmed in studios near their houses.

The majority of the questions deal with human suffering.

One little Japanese girl tells the pope many children her age were killed in the country’s recent earthquake and asks why children have to be so sad.

Benedict answers that he himself has the same question, but promises people across the globe are thinking of her. He says suffering is part of a “good plan” of love.

With files from The Associated Press.