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News ::
17 Mar 2003
Modified: 18 Mar 2003
It's not too late. Contact Pope John Paul II now to go to Baghdad as a "Human Shield". It would stop the war!

POPE JOHN PAUL II Contact info:

pcjustpax (at)


His Holiness John Paul II
Apostolic Palace
00120 Vatican City State Europe


(please pass this message on !)

Pope urged to become Iraq human shield
Paris: THE only way left to avoid war in Iraq is for Pope John Paul to rush to Baghdad to
be ‘‘the protector of humanity,’’ a French Parliamentary deputy has said.
Didier Julia, a maverick Conservative who has visited Iraq twice in six months, noted the
Pope would be a suitable ‘‘human shield’’ because he has spoken out forcefully against
‘‘Right now the only thing that seems useful to me is if the Pope goes at the last minute to
block aggression against Iraq,’’ he said. ‘‘I would like the Pope to serve as protector of
humanity’s values,’’ he said.
The Pope issued a passionate plea for peace on Sunday, saying he had lived through WW
II and felt obliged to tell the world: ‘‘Never again war.’’
Julia, a member of the Centre-Right UMP party of France’s anti-war President Jacques
Chirac, said he visited Iraq to try to help protect Iraq’s many archeological treasures.

War in Iraq a crime, says Vatican
From correspondents in Vatican City

MILITARY intervention against Iraq would be a crime against peace demanding
vengeance before God, the head of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace
has said.

"War is a crime against peace which cries for vengeance before God," said Archbishop
Renato Raffaele Martino, speaking on Vatican Radio.
He stressed the deeply unjust and immoral nature of war, saying it was condemned by
God because civilians were the worst sufferers.
Martino, formerly Vatican permanent representative to the United Nations, strongly
denounced the determination of the United States and its allies to disarm Iraq by force.
"Do not reply with a stone to the child who asks for bread," he said.
"They are preparing to reply with thousands of bombs to a people that has been asking for
bread for the last 12 years."
Stressing the Roman Catholic church would continue to insist on the need and the
urgency of peace, he said: "As always, it will be the Good Samaritan who will bind the
wounds of a wounded and weakened people."
Pope John Paul II, one of the most prominent opponents of war on Iraq, urged UN
Security Council members yesterday to continue negotiations on the disarmament of Iraq
and avert a looming military conflict.
"I want to remind UN members and particularly those who make up the Security Council
that the use of force is the last resort after having exhausted all peaceful solutions, as
stipulated by the UN charter," the Pope told tens of thousands of worshippers gathered in
St Peter's Square.
"I lived through World War II and I survived the Second World War. For this reason, I
have the duty to say 'Never again war'.
"We know that it is impossible to say peace at any price, but we all know how important
our responsibility is."
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Republicans want war (english)
17 Mar 2003
At least the Pope Paul II has the courage to speak out against the war. The idea that the Pope could stop the war by acting as a human shield if infantile.

All human shield who will get killed by American bombs and missiles will simply be blame on errant Iraqui fire. And we will eat up that propaganda.

It's a shame that at the local level, many Catholic priest have not had the guts to also strongly critizise the war. It would seem that they have been just as brainwashed by the pro-war mainstream media as have most war-loving Republicans.

It Would Stop The War (english)
18 Mar 2003
You're right about everything except saying that the Pope wouldn't be able to stop the war if he went to Baghdad.
If the Pope did go to Baghdad, the war would NOT happen. Period. Bush would NEVER bomb the Pope.

If not because of world outrage; then because there are 65 million Catholics (voters) in the U.S.A. It is by far the largest religion in the US.

If the Pope was in Baghdad, you can be assured that the war would be on hold. And using Baghdad as a pulpit for peace, you can be assured that the message would be heard, LOUD and the Anti War MOVEMENT would have the time to win. It would be a rallying cry to the world. It would end the war before it ever started.