DAILY CATHOLIC     WEDNESDAY     June 2, 1999     vol. 10, no. 106

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POPE SENDS PRAYER AND PEACE MISSION TO YUGOSLAVIA

Envoys will celebrate Corpus Christi in Belgrade, Macedonia and Albania

          VATICAN CITY, JUN 1 (ZENIT).- John Paul II hopes that June 3, the feast of Corpus Christi, will become a real "chorus of prayers" for peace in Yugoslavia.

          According to Holy See spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls, the Holy Father has requested that on that day the president, secretary and under-secretary of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace travel to Belgrade, Macedonia and Albania, respectively, to offer the Catholic communities, the refugees, and the people affected by the conflict "the Pope's message of fraternal reconciliation and just peace and his heartfelt feeling of paternal closeness."

          According to the Vatican spokesman, "meetings have been scheduled with leaders of other Christian and religious communities and with government and aid organisms."

          However, Navarro-Valls stressed that it was a "journey of prayer," adding, "Given the desolating scene of so much violence, prayer for peace in Rome, Belgrade, Macedonia and Albania on the feast of Corpus Christi will give a dimension of unity and reconciliation in the Gospel sign of justice and peace." ZE99060105


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June 2, 1999       volume 10, no. 106
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