Pope appeals against racism at football game

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1 March 2006, VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI was expected to issue an appeal against racism and "all forms of discrimination" at Wednesday evening's international football friendly between Italy and Germany in Florence.

1 March 2006

VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI was expected to issue an appeal against racism and "all forms of discrimination" at Wednesday evening's international football friendly between Italy and Germany in Florence.

According to Italian daily Corriere della Sera, the message was to be read out on the pope's behalf by Claudio Magnago, a local bishop, just before kick-off on the PA system of the Artemio Franchi stadium.

On Tuesday, the Vatican issued what was described as "a historic" document calling for more tolerance towards the world's Roma (Gypsy) population.

Issued by the Vatican's office for migrants and signed by Japanese Cardinal Stephen Fumio Hamao, the document recalled long-established prejudices towards Europe's Roma population that culminated during World War II with the genocide of hundreds of thousands of Roma by the Nazis.

The document echoed the Mea Culpa of 2000, in which the late Pope John Paul II asked God forgiveness for the past errors of the Roman Catholic Church, particularly those concerning violence and prejudice towards Jews and followers of other faiths.

The Vatican's office for migrants said Roma had a duty to live within the law and urged the Church to find ways to attract Roma to Catholicism.

DPA

Subject: German news

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