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Pope says peace means more than international accords

At yesterday's regular Wednesday audience, Pope John Paul II remarked that peace is not merely the result of international accords, but a gift that must be carefully preserved.

Speaking to about 15,000 people gathered in a sunny St Peter's Square, the Holy Father said that peace is "a gift to be accepted with generosity, to be guarded with care, and to be made fruitful in a responsible manner." The Pope's comments were apparently prompted by the end of open warfare in Iraq.

"Peace is born of a profound renewal in the hearts of men," the Pope said. "So it is not the result of human efforts."

He said that any impulse toward peace in human affairs can be traced to "the effective renewal brought by the risen Christ."

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General Audience of John Paul II, Wednesday, 23 April 2003 (transcript)

24 Apr 2003