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Pope says prayer can bring peace

Appearing to have recovered strength after a gruelling week last week, Pope John Paul II presided at his general audience on Wednesday with a message that prayer can halt war and terrorism.

During the regular audience, he read some of his remarks, skipped others and had aides read several of the greetings.

"In the face of war, violence and tension, praying the rosary is a conscious expression of faith," he said.

"The upsetting attacks in the United States on 11 September and that which they generated in the world afterward can be stopped through the prayer of the rosary, in which one pleads for peace," his text read by an aide said.

After the audience, he lingered for more than 30 minutes to greet pilgrims.

Pope Urges Prayer to Halt War, Terrorism (Yahoo/Associated Press)

General Audience of Pope John Paul II (29/10/03)
Pope says fraternal religious orders offer witness in modern world (Catholic News Service)
Pope announces end of Year of the Rosary (Catholic World News)
Pope says prayer can bring peace (Detroit News/Associated Press)
Media frenzy descends on Vatican (National Catholic Reporter)
Chatting with cardinals all over town (National Catholic Reporter)
John Paul II Urges Rosaries for Peace and Families (Zenit)
Pope Sees Crucifix as Symbol of "Civilization of Love" (Zenit)

31 Oct 2003