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Pope tells military chaplains of his anguish at War suffering

Pope tells military chaplains of his anguish at War suffering

The current war on Iraq is of a type that has been rejected by the conscience of humanity, Pope John Paul II said yesterday, expressing "deep concern and great anguish" at the suffering caused by the conflict.

In a message to Catholic military chaplains gathered at the Vatican, he said: "The use of war as a way to settle conflicts between nations was rejected by the conscience of a large part of humanity, long before the United Nations Charter."

"Thoughts for the victims, the destruction and the suffering caused by conflicts always inspire great concern and anguish," the Pope added.

Making it clear that his remarks concerned the present conflict, the Pope also said that the only form of military action that could be considered legitimate was in defence against an aggression.

The Pope also told the chaplains, who were in the Vatican for a training course, that "when weapons go into action, the need for rules which can make the conduct of warfare less inhuman becomes imperative."


The Pope says war is causing him deep worry (AP)
Pope 'comforted' by anti-war protesters (Ananova)
Pope cites peace movements in opposing war (
Iraq, Weigel and the Pope (opinion, Arlington Catholic Herald)
Rome v. Washington (The Spectator)
French president says world must work to rebuild Iraq after war (Catholic News Service)
[Auckland] Bishop apologises for bloody protest at United States Consulate General (Catholic Communications NZ)
Australian priest pours blood on US consul's carpet (25/3/03)
This War has no Justification (NZ Anglican & Catholic bishops' statement)
Stars and Stripes or Keys of Peter? (The Tablet)
Vatican Newspaper Assails Saddam's Parading of Prisoners (Zenit)
As troops rush through Iraq, questions arise about symbolisms of Babylon (Spirit Daily)
Cardinal Cormac describes war as "wrong and evil" (Independent Catholic News)
As in first war, Saddam gets religion (Chicago Sun-Times)
Priest's words spark walkout in church (Troy Record)
Has the Pope Condemned the War? (opinion, Catholic World News)
Catholic Bishops Conference of India Condemns war on Iraq (CBCI)
Pope prays for victims of U.S.-Iraqi war, their families (Catholic News Service)
Register Rosary War Effort (National Catholic Register)
Work and pray so that there is no more war (Vatican Information Service)
Pope Asks Military Chaplains to Protect Human Rights (Catholic World News)
Catholic website offers support to families of soldiers in Iraq (Independent Catholic News)
Supporting the Families of Armed Forces Personnel (Bethany Family Institute)
Catholics in the Military

26 Mar 2003