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Pope urges faithful to rely on Providence, not military force

God's power - not the force of arms - sustains humanity in times of trouble, Pope John Paul II said at his weekly public audience yesterday.

Addressing to 18,000 pilgrims gathered in St Peter's Square, the Holy Father was reflecting on the Psalms.

He spoke of Psalm 107's recognition that "in the midst of difficulties, the faithful know that they are never abandoned."

In times of need, he said, "Decisive help can come only from God, not from external military alliances, not from armed force."

The Pope said there is always a divine plan that shapes history, "even in times of distress". Psalm 107, he pointed out, reflects the believers' confidence that God will sustain them in their trials.

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General Audience of John Paul II (28 May 2003)
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29 May 2003