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Pope urges prayers to save world from terrorism

Declaring 11 September a dark day in history, Pope John Paul II on Sunday called for frequent prayer to help save the world from the "vicious scourge" of terrorism and said justice goes hand-in-hand with peace.

Speaking from the window of his private studio overlooking St. Peter's Square, he also encouraged Catholics to be "on the front lines in the search for justice, in banishing violence and in being agents of peace."

John Paul invited faithful to say the Rosary, "possibly every day, for peace, so that the world be saved from the vicious scourge of terrorism."

"The terrible tragedy of 11 September will be remembered as a dark day in the history of humanity," the Holy Father said.

He added the church intends to "remind all men of their duty to construct a future of peace for the entire human family."

In an apparent reference to the US determination to bring the terrorists to justice, John Paul said, "Certainly, peace is not separated from justice, but it must always be fed by mercifulness and by love."

Pope's Angelus address in St Peter's Square 30/9/01