Following his Wednesday audience, Pope John Paul II appealed to the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo to allow the Archbishop of Bukavu access to his people.
   He said: "In the last few days Bukavu's Archbishop Emmanuel Kataliko was prohibited by local authorities from returning to his Diocese. A serious violation which painfully affects all Catholics! In solidarity with the Clergy and faithful of Bukavu, I vow that the meritorious Prelate may soon return among his flock. At the same time, I appeal for the prompt implementation of the peace accords of Lusaka, asking the Lord for unity and reconciliation for that beloved Nation."
MISNA 16/2/00

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