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`Rich must care for the poor'

A 'roe Vatican official has said it is incumbent upon developed countries to take responsibility for the poor.

Archbishop Celestino Migliore, Vatican permanent observer to the United Nations, told participants in a Geneva meeting of the UN Economic and Social Council, that "genuine global prosperity and progress depend on unification of the interests of all people " and that "the shortcomings and less favourable conditions of poor countries should be tackled and remedied by the richer countries as if they were internal problems of their own".

He called for a series of "generous economic and trade concessions" to help put poor countries back on their feet, including forgiving foreign debt.

Olive branch to Patriarchate

POPE JOHN Paul II has said today's rapidly changing world challenges Christian communities to witness to God's power to overcome human discord.

The Pope, who made the continents to the Ecumenical Orthodox Patriarchate of Constantinople, said that Christians needed to give new life to the continent's Christian roots and to play a leading role in integration and reconciliation as the European Union consolidates and expands.

The delegation representing Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, the Orthodox leader based in Istanbul, Turkey, was in Rome for the feasts of SS Peter and Paul, Vatican patron saints.

The Pope sends a delegation to Istanbul each November for the feast of St Andrew, the patriarchate's patron.

Promote peace, Libyan told

LIBYA'S new ambassador to the Vatican has been told by the Pope that interreligious dialogue must be promoted in order to achieve peace.

Greeting Abdulhafed Gaddur, Pope John Paul II said: "The fundamental principles of truth, justice love and freedom must be paramount." Of special concern to the Vati

can and Libya are the tensions in the Middle East, conflicts in Africa, and terrorism, which can strike anywhere indiscriminately, making cities, peoples and even humanity itself insecure".

Draft charter `unsatisfactory'

THE DRAFT of the European Constitution is still incomplete with regard to issues such as cloning, marriage and the family, according to a Vatican official.

Archbishop JeanLouis Tauran, Vatican secretary for relations with states, acknowledged that the draft reflected "numerous opinions and common values resulting from the dialogue with various sectors of civil society".

Archbishop Tauran underlined the importance of Article 2, which is concerned with respect for the human person. He said the article was positive, because "for the first time in the history of European treaties an article was introduced which was proposed by all European Christians in virtue of the principle of subsidiarity".

`Make work more human'

A VATICAN official has warned of the need to safeguard the moral condition of what he described as "an authentic human ecology in the world of work".

Archbishop Renato Martino, president of the Pontifical council for Justice and Peace, made that observation when closing the 21st Congress of the European Association of Personnel Directors, During the meeting, Archbishop Martino underlined that one of the most salient effects of the new technologies was to give work a central place and to give maximum value to human resources in terms of creativity, imagination and organisational capacity.

In line with John Paul Ii's encyclical Centeshnus Annus, the archbishop said that these resources constitute the "most, precious patrimony of business".

General audience

THE. ENGLISH summary of Pope John Paul H's weekly general audience, given at St Peter's on Wednesday, July 2, 2003.

"Dear brothers and sisters, today's psalm is the first of the five "alleluias" that close the Book of Psalms. It praises God who reigns sovereign over all creation and is faithful to his covenant. God is ever attentive to the sufferings of his creatures; he acts with justice and shows compassion.

"We, too, are called, in the spirit of the beatitudes, to share with the poor, to defend the oppressed and to show compassion to those who reflect in their lives the face of .the suffering Christ.

"I offer a warm welcome to all the English-speaking pilgrims ... I thank the choirs for their praise of God in song ... Upon all of you I cordially invoke joy and peace in Our Lord Jesus Christ."




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