Archive for Sunday, April 29, 2001

Pope calls for end to Iraq’s suffering

April 29, 2001


— Pope John Paul II called Saturday for an end to Iraq's suffering, saying the decade-old U.N. embargo and effects of a "destructive" war were hurting the weakest.

The pontiff, who has frequently spoken out against economic sanctions on Iraq, Cuba and other countries, made the comments during a meeting with Iraq's new ambassador to the Vatican, Abdul-Amir Al-Anbari.

"As the embargo in your country continues to claim victims, I renew my appeal to the international community that innocent people should not be made to pay the consequences of a destructive war whose effects are still being felt by those who are weakest and most vulnerable," John Paul said. The 80-year-old pope also used the occasion to urge greater dialogue in Iraq between Muslims and Christians and to subtly call on the Baghdad authorities to respect those of different faiths.

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