DAILY CATHOLIC     TUESDAY     April 13, 1999     vol. 10, no. 72

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POPE RENEWS CALL FOR KOSOVO PEACE AS VATICAN CONTINUES ACTIVE DIPLOMACY ON KOSOVO

          VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- During his Sunday public audience on April 11, Pope John Paul II again called for a renewal of negotiations over the conflict in Kosovo.

          After reciting the Regina Coeli with pilgrims in St. Peter's Square, the Pope spoke of "the tragic conflicts which are bloodying the Balkan region." He said that the need for negotiations is made clear "not only on faith, but above all by reason."

          "My thoughts are constantly turned toward those who are suffering the harsh consequences of the war," the Holy Father said. "I invite all believers to intensify their prayers for peace, because sometimes when things seem almost humanly impossible, God in his mercy grants them to those who ask insistently."

          The Pope also conveyed his special greetings to the Orthodox Christians of the world, who were celebrating Easter.

          The Holy See is still actively pursuing every diplomatic means to halt the fighting in the Balkans.

          In a statement released on April 11, the Vatican indicated that it has continued "to maintain contacts with the chancelleries of the countries involved in the crisis." The statement added that the Vatican Secretariat of State remains "active" in its efforts to bring about new negotiations, while the pontifical charity Cor Unum is helping to coordinate relief efforts for the people of Kosovo.

          The latest Vatican initiative was a joint statement issued on April 10 by a Catholic-Islamic commission-- a body created in1995 by the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue. The statement expressed "particularly grave concern" over the situation in Kosovo, as well as "strong condemnation of the harm caused to innocent civilians." The statement reaffirmed the need for new negotiations, as well as humanitarian aid to the civil population.


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April 13, 1999       volume 10, no. 72
NEWS & VIEWS

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