|Vatican||JOHN PAUL II AMONG FAVOURITES FOR NOBEL PEACE PRIZE|
Pope John Paul II, the United Nations, and Chinese dissident Wei Jingshheng have become the main favourites for the 1999 Nobel Peace Prize.
Director of Stockholm's International Peace Research Institute Adam Rockfeld said that John Paul II could be honoured this year, to highlight the idea of the millennium as the product of a calendar based on Jesus Christ's birth.
"In my opinion, it is obvious the Pope should win," Rotfeld told Reuters. "There is no one who has worked so much for world peace and security. He symbolises the millennium."
The name of the person or institution to be awarded will be made public on 15 October.
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