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Monday, March 31, 2003 Pope makes fresh appeal for end to Iraq war
Pope John Paul said on Sunday the conflict is undermining humanity's hope for a better future. The Holy Father asked for prayers for peace during his weekly address to pilgrims and tourists in St Peter's Square. Speaking from his window overlooking the square, the pope said "painful armed conflicts are ensnaring the hope of humanity for a better future".
It says here a better argument could be made that the conflict is bolstering humanity's hope for the future.
The Pope also warned against religious hatred.
Pope John Paul II urged the faithful Saturday not to allow the Iraq conflict to stir up hatred between Christians and Muslims, saying that would transform the war into a "religious catastrophe." "War must never be allowed to divide world religions," he said.
Are there any circumstances under which murderous zealots of another faith might be criticized and, daresay, even confronted and defeated, notwithstanding the risk to ecumenical relations? Would the Hindu Thuggees of old have been likely candidates for opposition? Or must the world await a miraculous conversion, as of the human-sacrificing Aztecs post-Guadalupe?