DAILY CATHOLIC     FRI-SAT-SUN     April 30 - May 2, 1999     vol. 10, no. 85

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PAPAL PRAISE FOR UN PEACE EFFORTS

          VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- Pope John Paul II has written to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, expressing appreciation for UN efforts to find a peaceful solution to the Balkan crisis.

          The Pope wrote that it is vitally important for international organizations to represent the voice of reason and moderation, at a time when prudence may be overwhelmed by the passions that accompany any military conflict. He pointed out that since the Kosovo crisis came to the fore, he has consistently voiced his belief that "loyal, patient, and realistic negotiations" could produce a solution which would satisfy "the legitimate aspirations of the people concerned." In light of the current fighting, the wholesale eviction of people from their homes, and the NATO bombing strikes, the need for negotiations is all the more evident, he said.

          The Holy Father also professed his "lively appreciation" for the organizations that have provided humanitarian aid for the victims of the fighting in Kosovo. He encouraged others to join in this effort, saying that the condition of the refugees constitutes "a human tragedy which calls out to every conscience."

          "Along with all believers, I am convinced that hatred and violence can only be shackled through the power of brotherhood, of right, and of justice," the Pope concluded.


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April 30 - May 2, 1999       volume 10, no. 85
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