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Pope denounces terrorism in all its forms

Meeting with Christian members of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, Pope John Paul II strongly criticised "all forms of terrorism", because terrorism represents "treason for our common humanity" and lacks the moral foundation necessary for freedom of people.

Pope John Paul asked the delegation to convey his "warmest wishes to the chairman of the Palestinian authority and to "all the Palestinian people."

The Holy Father regretted the escalation of violence and repression" in the Middle East. He said in a clear remark to Israel "Once again I call on all parties to abide fully by the UN resolutions and commitments vowed concerning the peace process."

Commenting on the Roadmap to Peace, he said differences can only be settled through dialogue and patience, and relentless commitment of persons who enjoy the good intention in the two sides.

Meanwhile Pope John Paul II met with former Polish president and Solidarity leader Lech Walesa, along with current leaders of the famous trade union, warning them that many of Solidarity's ideals and principals are threatened in today's market driven Polish economy.

He said that Solidarity must "openly take up the defence" of the increasing number of workers in Poland who lack proper employment rights, many of whom are working illegally within Poland's frontiers from countries such as Ukraine.

Walesa, who has just visited Australia, received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1983 and was elected Poland's first fully democratic president in more than 50 years.

The pope denounces terrorism in all its forms (Arabic News)
Pope meets Lech Walesa and Solidarity leaders (Independent Catholic News)

Vatican Ends Biotech Foods Conference (Associated Press/ABC)
Pope, meeting with Palestinian Christians, condemns terrorism (Catholic News Service)
Pope encourages Poland's Solidarity movement (Catholic World News)
Exhaust peaceful options before war, Vatican envoy tells UN (Catholic World News)
Pope Urges Christian Political Activity Not to be "Obscured by Pragmatism" (LifeSite News)
Faith Needs Science and Vice Versa, Says John Paul II (Zenit)
Cardinal Pell welcomes Lech Walesa (5/11/03)
Palestinian Liberation Organisation

12 Nov 2003