|Vatican||POPE TELLS BOSNIAN PILGRIMS TO WORK TOWARD PEACE, DEMOCRACY|
Pope John Paul II called for authentic democracy and respect for all people to take hold in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Speaking on Thursday to 800 Bosnians on their national jubilee pilgrimage to Rome, the pope urged the country to work toward 'a peaceful future full of hope.'
"Be the first to offer and accept forgiveness, freeing the memory of hate, of anger, of the desire for revenge, and recognising as brothers even those who have done you harm," he said. Healing the wounds of the past, said the pope, means banding together in a spirit of solidarity with the weakest of society: the poor and victims of war.