Pope calls for release of French journalists

1st September 2004, Comments 0 comments

VATICAN CITY, Sept 1 (AFP) - Pope John Paul II appealed on Wednesday for the release of two French journalists who are being held hostage in Iraq and condemned a string of violent attacks around the world.

VATICAN CITY, Sept 1 (AFP) - Pope John Paul II appealed on Wednesday for the release of two French journalists who are being held hostage in Iraq and condemned a string of violent attacks around the world.  

The pope made "an urgent appeal for a halt everywhere to violence, which always tarnishes a just cause, and for the two French journalists to be treated humanely and returned unhurt to their loved ones as soon as possible".  

His statement was read for him by a priest during the weekly public audience at the Vatican in Rome.  

"I have learnt, with great pain and concern, the serious news on terrorist attacks in Israel and Russia where many people died, defenceless and innocent victims," the ailing head of the Roman Catholic Church said.  

"Nor does the chain of blind violence end in troubled Iraq, which makes a return to civilized cohabitation impossible."  

"After the horror of the barbaric killing of 12 Nepalese comes the anxiety about the fate of two French journalists who are still being held hostage by their kidnappers."  

John Paul II also recalled that Wednesday was the 65th anniversary of the start of World War II when German troops invaded Poland.  

"Thinking back to those days, in this moment of serious and widespread tensions, I pray to God, Father of all men, to give us the precious gift of peace," he said.

 

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