Pope Paul told a crowd of massed pilgrims in St Peter's Square at the Vatican on Sunday (January 28) that he hoped the war in Vietnam had really ended.
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Background: Pope Paul told a crowd of massed pilgrims in St Peter's Square at the Vatican on Sunday (January 28) that he hoped the war in Vietnam had really ended. He said in his regular Sunday message to pilgrims that it should prove a hard lesson for humanity.
Criticising the reasons for the war, he described it was 'disastrous irrationality' that had 'tortured for long years that dear country'. He also asked, 'Is it really ended'?
SYNOPSIS: Pope Paul referred to the ending of the Vietnam war during the weekend in his usual Sunday address to pilgrims in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican -- saying he hoped it really HAD ended.
"The war should prove a hard message for humanity", said the Pope "The post-war period must concern citizens of the world and especially must concern Christians", he said, for there was now a great need for aid and help to reconstruct the ruins, provide for the needy and show solidarity for the suffering of those in Vietnam.
The Pontiff also criticised the reasons for the war -- describing the fighting which began over a decade ago, and cost more than two million lives, as 'disastrous irrationality'. He called it 'a bloody struggle which has already tortured for long years that dear country', and then asked 'Is it really ended?' "People must study the sense of justice and liberty which must inspire the network of international and social relations if man wants a more stable and humane world," he said.