Pope Paul has appealed to all governments to respect human rights. His message came on?
Pope Paul has appealed to all governments to respect human rights. His message came on Saturday (29 October) at the end of a meeting of Roman Catholic leaders in the Vatican City.
SYNOPSIS: The meeting had stressed deep concern over religious and human liberties. Pope Paul's speech echoed a section of the final document drawn up by the leader at their month-long gathering. In it, they said human and religious freedoms were intolerably restricted or suppressed in some countries.
The Pontiff said government leaders should respect human rights for the good of their own nations. He also said people are abandoning religion because they are wrongly convinced that the progress of civilisation removes the need for it.
Earlier three representatives of the Synod had given a news conference on the final document.
Cardinal Sebastiano Baggio commented on the unity of the meeting -- which was contrary to the last Synod in 1974. Then the leaders could not agree on a final document. He said this Synod was the sign of a new phase of Church life.
The leaders, who included the Archbishop of Dakar, Cardinal Hyacinthe Thiandoum, agreed that no power in the world had the right to stop people from the search, free acceptance and an even fuller knowledge of the truth."