|Pope John Paul II: "War is Satan!"|
POPE JOHN PAUL II: "MAY GOD WANT THIS CONFLICT TO END SOON!" - "I think in particular about the Iraqi civilian population, which is going through very difficult times in many cities ravaged by war." - V.I.S., Città del Vaticano - 6 April 2003
Bishop John Michael Botean, head of the Byzantine-rite Romanian Catholic Church of North America and Ordinary of Diocese of St. George in Canton, Ohio: "I must declare to you, my people, for the sake of your salvation and mine, that ANY DIRECT PARTICIPATION AND SUPPORT OF THIS WAR AGAINST THE PEOPLE OF IRAQ IS OBJECTIVELY GRAVE EVIL, A MATTER OF MORTAL SIN." - Al-Bushra, Canton, Ohio, U.S.A.
POPE JOHN PAUL II: "WE TURN TO MARY, THE MOST HOLY MOTHER OF GOD, AND IMPLORE HER, PARTICULARLY AT THIS TIME, FOR THE GIFT OF PEACE." - "We entrust to her care the victims of these hours of war and their suffering families. I an spiritually close to them with my love and with my prayers" - V.I.S., Città del Vaticano - 23 March 2003
THE ILLEGAL WAR OF AGGRESSION AGAINST THE SOVEREIGN NATION OF IRAQ has started today in spite of the superhuman efforts of the Holy Father, the prayers of all true followers of Our Lord, the opposition of the world public opinion and of the vast majority of the governments represented in the U.N.. Iraq is a sovereign, independent nation, just like the dozens of other countries controlled by sanguinary dictators supported by the U.S. all over the world.
George Bush and Tony Blair 'have cast off the legitimacy of the United Nations and put the use of force above the rule of law', as President Chirac put it yesterday. In doing so, they have defined the future schedule of the International Criminal Court, which deals with crimes of war, crimes against peace and crimes against humanity. Mr. Milosevic will be happy to introduce them to the prison routine at the appropriate time.
Let us pray for the 24 million Iraqis who are being bombed back to the stone age, courtesy of you and me, the American taxpayers - the epitome of savagery, cruelty, greed and irresponsibility fostered by a materialistic society. Let us pray the Almighty Lord to stop the war criminals dead in their tracks, before they bring large scale destruction to Mesopotamia, the land of Abraham and the craddle of the Western Civilization. 'History begins at Sumer', as most civilized people remember... - Michael Olteanu, M.S., Executive Director of Christus Rex, Inc. - 20 March 2003
POPE JOHN PAUL II: "MAY SAINT JOSEPH OBTAIN FOR THE NATIONS THREATENED WITH WAR IN THESE HOURS THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF HARMONY AND PEACE" - "May Saint Joseph, universal patron of the Church, watch over the entire Church Community and , as the man of peace he was, may he obtain for all humanity and particularly for those nations threatened with war in these hours, the precious gift of harmony and PEACE!." - V.I.S., Città del Vaticano - 19 March 2003
Dr. Joaquin Navarro-Valls, spokesman for POPE JOHN PAUL II: "HE WHO CHOSES WAR WILL BE HELD RESPONSIBLE IN FRONT OF GOD!" - "He who decides that all pacific means provided by the international law are exhausted, assumes a grave responsibility in front of God, in front of his own conscience and in front of history!" - V.I.S., Città del Vaticano - 18 March 2003
POPE JOHN PAUL II: "MAI PIÙ LA GUERRA - NEVER AGAIN WAR" - "I say to all of you: we still have time to negociate and there is still time for peace. It is never too late to come to an agreement and to continue to negotiate." - V.I.S., Città del Vaticano - 16 March 2003
POPE JOHN PAUL II: "THE WAR IS SATAN" - "The choice between Peace and War in the context of the current international situation is also the choice between Good and Evil which calls all Christians, now in the Lent Season, to reject Satan's temptations, the same way Jesus rejected them in the desert." - V.I.S., Città del Vaticano - 9 March 2003
The Holy Father makes it clear that YOU CANNOT BE a true follower of Our Lord Jesus Christ, IF YOU SUPPORT the imperialist war of aggression against the Iraqi nation, currently planned by the Satanic team in charge of the White House. How long is the American people going to tolerate Satan in the White House? Let's impeach Satan and his team! Let's free America and the world of Satan's control!
POPE JOHN PAUL II: "IT IS NEVER TOO LATE FOR PEACE" - "It is never too late for dialogue: it is necessary for all parties to assume their responsability in a common effort to avoid another dramatic conflict for humanity" - V.I.S., Città del Vaticano - 5 March 2003
POPE JOHN PAUL II PROCLAIMS ASH WEDNESDAY (5 MARCH 2003) A DAY OF "FASTING AND PRAYER FOR PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST" - "THE FUTURE OF HUMANITY WILL NEVER BE SECURED THROUGH TERRORISM OR THE LOGIC OF WAR, NEVER, NEVER, NEVER!" - V.I.S.
"THE WAR IS MURDER ON A VERY LARGE SCALE...LET'S DENOUNCE ITS USELESSNESS AND ITS INTRINSIC STUPIDITY." (Hello George Bush!) - L'OSSERVATORE ROMANO - 2 March 2003
YES TO PEACE, NO TO WAR! - 10 MILLION DEMONSTRATORS WORLWIDE - 15 February 2003
Pope John Paul II urges Prime Minister Blair to make every effort "to avert the tragedy of war" and reiterates that "in the grave situation in Iraq, every effort to avoid new divisions in the world must be made" - Reuters, Città del Vaticano, 22 February 2003 - "Scongiurare la guerra" - V.I.S., La Repubblica
Cardinal Roger Etchegaray, the personal envoy of Pope John Paul II to Iraq: " I am bringing to Baghdad the Pope's hope for peace"..."I am at the limits of hope, but I walk side by side with God"..."The war would be a catastrophe for the Iraqi people, for the human family"... - La Repubblica - 11 February 2003
Pope John Paul II: "NON BISOGNA RASSEGNARSI. LA GUERRA NON È INEVITABILE." - "We must not give up. The war is not inevitable." - V.I.S., Città del Vaticano, 8 February 2003
Pope John Paul II: "NO TO DEATH"! "NO TO SELFISHNESS"! "NO TO WAR"! - French - Italian - Spanish - Vatican Information Service, Città del Vaticano, 13 January 2003
Pope John Paul II: "The great cause of peace is in danger throughout the world, especially in the Holy Land, and the international situation is very tense. I call upon all of you to INVOKE PEACE through the recitation of the Rosary." - Italiano - V.I.S., Castelgandolfo, 29 September 2002
Pope John Paul II: "In the last few days, as the winds of war were threatening to engulf the entire Middle Eastern region, we have received the good news that Iraq will resume its collaboration with the international community. Let us pray that the Lord may enlighten those who are responsible for leading the nations (i.e. George W. Bush), that He may generate and support a glimmer of good will, that the Lord may lead humanity, which is already tormented by so many evils, towards a cohabitation that is FREE OF WARS and overwhelming violence." - V.I.S., Castelgandolfo, 18 September 2002
Bishop Gregory D. Wilton, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: "MR. PRESIDENT, WE URGE YOU TO STEP BACK FROM THE BRINK OF WAR" - Español - Sept. 2002
Cardinal Camillo Ruini, President of the Italian Bishops Conference: "The Catholic Church will not approve or support a 'preventive war' against Iraq under any circumstances. A preventive war would have unacceptable human costs and grave destabilizing effects in the Middle East." - V.I.S., 16 September 2002
Pope John Paul II: "As an essential part of its fight against ALL forms of terrorism, THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY IS CALLED TO UNDERTAKE NEW AND CREATIVE POLITICAL, DIPLOMATIC AND ECONOMIC INITIATIVES AIMED AT RELIEVING THE SCANDALOUS SITUATIONS OF GROSS INJUSTICE, OPPRESSION AND MARGINALIZATION WHICH CONTINUE TO OPPRESS COUNTLESS MEMBERS OF THE HUMAN FAMILY. History in fact shows that the recruitment of terrorists is more easily achieved in areas where HUMAN RIGHTS ARE TRAMPLED UPON AND WHERE INJUSTICE IS A PART OF DAILY LIFE."..."The building of a global culture of solidarity is perhaps the greatest moral task confronting humanity today and it will challenge the materialism that erodes the foundations of Western society." - Italiano - Español - VIS, Castelgandolfo, 7 Sept. 2002
"The Profanation of the Holy Land, the violation of history." - L'Osservatore Romano - 3 April 2002 Pope John Paul II: "One cannot forget that situations of oppression and marginalization frequently engender manifestations of violence and terrorism." - V.I.S., Assisi, 24 January 2002
Pope John Paul II: "No one can remain indifferent to the injustice of which the Palestinian people have been victim for more than fifty years." - V.I.S., Città del Vaticano, 10 January 2002