Pope Paul told a meeting of Cardinals in the Vatican City on Friday (21 December), that he was willing to offer the Vatican's help for the Geneva Peace Conference on the Middle East.
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Background: Pope Paul told a meeting of Cardinals in the Vatican City on Friday (21 December), that he was willing to offer the Vatican's help for the Geneva Peace Conference on the Middle East. He said the Vatican representatives would be at the Conference when the question of the status of Jerusalem was considered.
He was addressing the Cardinals on the eve of his talks with the leaders of four African countries, who were expected to try to win Vatican support for the Arab position on Jerusalem. These talks -- due to take place on Saturday (22 December) -- will be with Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia, the Vice-President of Liberia Mr. James Greene, and the President of Sudan, Jaafar El Nimeiry.
The Pope asked for all Catholics in the World to pray for peace in the Middle East. Referring to the problem of the Palestinian refugees, he said it demanded a "just and generous response".
In his speech, the Pope also reviewed international developments, which included Indochina and Northern Ireland. He was hopeful of recent developments in Northern Ireland, but though that last January's Paris Peace Agreement for South Vietnam had not been fully realised "in factual reality".