The Pope and Iraq
What, if anything, will the pope say during his upcoming U.S. visit about the Iraq war? Will he discuss it when he meets with President Bush on April 16 -- the pope's 81st birthday?
The Vatican strongly opposed the war initially, calling it "a crime against peace." And over the weekend, Palm Sunday, Benedict used part of his weekly blessing to call for an end to the violence in Iraq, and to say Iraqis have for the past five years "faced the consequences of a war which has provoked the disintegration of civil and religious life."
But also in the past few days, the new U.S. ambassador to the Vatican said in an interview that despite initial differences with the United States over the Iraq war, the Holy See is "now fully supportive of U.S. efforts to rebuild the country and to establish peace in the region."
Hundreds have signed a petition asking the pope to either cancel his meeting with Bush - which they see as giving the U.S. president a papal "blessing" - or use it to issue a strong condemnation. What do you think?
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Posted by: dennis10 | March 18, 2008 01:19 PM