Report: Pope Calls for an End to Iraqi Sanctions
Pope John Paul II called Tuesday for an end to the embargo on Iraq and said the Church would share in the "unjustly inflicted" suffering of Iraqis on Friday, a day of fasting for Catholics, The Associated Press (AP) reported.
John Paul was quoted by the agency as saying that "I implore the Lord to enlighten the understanding and hearts of those nations responsible (for the embargo), so that they may open in favor of re-establishing a just and lasting peace in this region.”
The pope was quoted while telling prelates of the Chaldean Catholic Church visiting from Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Egypt, Syria, Turkey and the United States.
He frequently called for the lifting of crippling economic sanctions which were imposed against Iraq by the United Nations after Baghdad invaded Kuwait in 1990 – Albawaba.com