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Pope: End "senseless" Middle East violence


Pope John Paul II opened the New Year on Wednesday by pleading for an end to the "fratricidal and senseless" conflict in the Middle East as the church celebrated its World Day of Peace. "Despite the serious and repeated attacks to the serene and joint cohabitation of peoples, peace is possible and right," the Pope said, to rare applause interrupting his homily during a New Year's Day Mass in St. Peter's Basilica.

Associated Press also reports that the Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, "as a reminder of the Vatican's stepped-up opposition to any war with Baghdad headlined its New Year's Day editions, 'There is no alternative to peace'."

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AP via CBS News



2 Jan 2003