East Timor     LEADERS SAY CHURCH SHOULD LEAD TRUTH COMMISSION
East Timorese leaders say forgiveness is vital to restoring their ravaged homeland, and they want the Catholic Church to take a lead by heading a South African-style truth commission.
   Bishops Carlos Belo of Dili and Basilio do Nacimento of Baucau should head such a commission, just as retired Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu did in South Africa, said Jose Ramos-Horta, who is being dubbed the 'de facto foreign minister of East Timor'.
   "Hatred is consuming," Ramos-Horta said. "To ensure peace and stability we have to reconcile with people who were on the wrong side."
   
CNS 8/2/00

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