Vatican City, Aug 31, 2004 / 22:00 pm
Filled with “sadness and concern” for the victims of violence around the world, the Holy Father made an “urgent call for an end to violence everywhere,” at the end of today’s general audience in the Paul VI Hall.
"It is with great sadness and concern," he said, "that I receive the grave news about the terrorist attacks in Israel and Russia where many people have died, defenseless and innocent victims."
"Also in the tormented country of Iraq the blind chain of violence has not yet been broken, which prevents a prompt return to civil coexistence. Added to the horror of the barbaric execution of twelve Nepalese citizens there is fear for the future of two French journalists who continue to be held hostage by kidnappers.”
"I make an urgent call for an end to violence everywhere, as it is always unworthy of every good cause, and for the two French journalists to be treated with humanity and returned unharmed as soon as possible to their families,” said the Pope.