.- Pope John Paul II saw the September 11, 2001 terrorist atrocities as attacks not only on the United States, but on âall of humanity,â recounts James R. Nicholson, the former U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican.
âWe must stop these people who kill in the name of God,â the Pope told Nicholson two days after the attacks, the ambassador recalls in a column for Catholic News Agency.
Nicholson recounts the Popeâs reaction to the attacks and how the two men prayed together for the victims and their families.
He also says that the Popeâs words were âinvaluableâ to the U.S. in assembling a coalition to respond to the terrorists based in Afghanistan.
Though John Paul II was âfirst and foremost a man of peace,â he also understood the doctrine of just war and the responsibility of leaders to protect the innocent from evil forces, Nicholson said.
The ambassador also notes the late pontiffâs âuncommon senseâ about globalism and the complexities of people and cultures and his knowledge of what ideologues can do to the freedom and dignity of innocent people.
Read Ambassador Nicholsonâs column at: http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/column.php?n=1809.