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11/11/2004 VATICAN – PALESTINE

Arafat: May peace return between two states, Pope says

Vatican City (AsiaNews) – Upon hearing the news of Yasser Arafat's death, the Pope feels close to his family, the Palestinian authorities and the Palestinian people. He prays that the Star of Peace may soon shine once again over the peoples of the Holy Land and their two independent and sovereign states, this according to Card Angelo Sodano, Secretary of State of the Holy See, in a telegram sent to the Speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council Rawhi Fattuh.

"In these hours of profound sadness over the death of President Arafat," the statement reads, "John Paul II feels particularly close to the family of the departed, the Palestinian authorities and the Palestinian people. Whilst committing his soul into the hands of the highest and most merciful God, the Holy Father has called upon the Prince of Peace to let the Star of Harmony shine over the Holy Land so that the two peoples who dwell in it may reconcile as two independent and sovereign states". (FP)  






See also

03/04/2005 ISRAEL – PALESTINE – HOLY LAND
The Pope was always close to the sufferings of the peoples of the Holy Land, says Patriarch Sabbah


03/04/2005 HOLY LAND – TRIPS IN ASIA (AN OVERVIEW)
A pilgrim to the Holy Land for Christ's Jubilee in 2000


05/11/2004 FRANCE – PALESTINE
Arafat is not dead, aide says


06/05/2009 VATICAN
I will be a pilgrim of peace in the Holy Land, says Pope
A message from Benedict XVI to Jordanians, Israelis and Palestinians on the eve of his departure for the land where Christ lived, to “share in your hopes and dreams, as well as your pain and difficulties”.

11/04/2005 IRAQ - VATICAN
Pope, example of humility to Iraqi Christians
A crowded memorial mass was held in Mosul for the Pope; in Baghdad seminarians compose a hymn to honour the Pontiff, 'pastor, apostle and father".


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