Vatican Opposes Latest Bombing of Iraq

VATICAN CITY, FEB. 21, 2001 (Zenit.org).- The Vatican has expressed its disapproval of last week´s bombing of Iraq by U.S. and British warplanes.

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Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Vatican secretary of state, also protested the embargo imposed on Iraq, when he met the press at a reception Monday in the Italian Embassy.

«We pronounce ourselves again against the embargo,» he told Vatican Radio. «As to the rest, the Holy See is not the only one: Many governments, including the Italian government, at times have expressed concern over the humanitarian situation of these youths, patients, deprived of assistance, and have always appealed for change. We also hope that wisdom will prevail.»

«It is believed that the method of force will resolve problems; the Holy See thinks otherwise,» the cardinal stressed.

Last Friday, for the first time in two years, U.S. and British planes bombed targets near Baghdad, to enforce a military «no-fly» zone. Their action resulted in three people dead and 30 wounded among the civilian population, Baghdad reported.

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