Page 3, 15th February 1980

15th February 1980
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Page 3, 15th February 1980 — Labour peer backs Pope

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Organisations: House of Lords, Labour
People: John Paul, Trefgarnc


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Labour peer backs Pope

LORD BROCKWAY, the 91 year old Labour campaigner for peace who was imprisioned for opposing combat in the First World War, called on the Government to congratulate Pope John Paul on his appeal to all nations to end the arms race in the 1980s, Lord Brockway had tabled a question in the House of Lords asking for full support for the Vatican in achieving this aim. When Lord Trefgarnc, the Government spokesman, hedged a little in his reply, Lord Brockway persisted in his point saying: "Many of us who are not Catholics revere the Pope for his leadership in this matter. Is there not hope, with millions of C'atholies in the world, for the fulfilment of General Eisenhower's prophecy, that the time will come when the peoples will so demand an end to the arms race that Governments will be compelled to agree?"

He suggested that when the Queen visited the Pope in October she might convey the Government's congratulations.

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