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Pope prays for peace in Middle East

Pope John Paul II made a new plea on Tuesday that the Middle East be spared from war, asking that representatives of Orthodox churches from the region join him in prayers for peace.

"Let us pray together that this region will be preserved from the threat of war and further violence," John Paul said.

He said their efforts should be directed at building a "civilisation of love" based on justice, reconciliation and peace.

John Paul has spoken out frequently in recent weeks against the possibility of a war in Iraq, calling such a conflict a "defeat for humanity."

His latest comments came during a meeting with representatives of Oriental Orthodox Churches in Egypt, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Syria, Armenia and India


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29 Jan 2003