|Vatican||POPE'S MAY DAY SPEECH WARNS ON GLOBALISATION|
Pope John Paul, in a May Day mass for workers from around the world, said yesterday that globalisation of economies and trade could not be allowed to violate basic human rights.
The 79-year-old Pope, who was himself a labourer during World War II in his native Poland, made the appeal to a crowd at a Rome university campus on the outskirts of the capital.
The Pope, who later on Monday was to make an appeal for remission of Third World debt, said humanity should see the new millennium as an opportunity to rediscover the authentic value of work.
"It invites us to face the economic and social imbalances that exist in the world of work and re-establish a correct hierarchy of values, where the dignity of men and women who work, their freedom, responsibility and participation assume the top priority," he said.
Addressing a crowd including Italian Prime Minister Giuliano Amato, Juan Somavia, director-general of the International Labour Organisation, and Bank of Italy Governor Antonio Fazio, the Pope said high technology should not lead to low values.
"New realities which are forcefully affecting the productive process, such as globalisation of finance, of the economy, of commerce and of work, should never be allowed to violate the dignity and centrality of the human person or the democracy of peoples," he said.
After the mass the Pope was due to listen to a musical tribute in his honour by Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli. The stage that hosted the mass was to be the venue for a Monday night May Day concert with such artists as Lou Reed and the Eurythmics.