Pope Has No Plans to Address U.N. on Iraqi Crisis

VATICAN CITY, MARCH 3, 2003 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II has made no plans to visit the United Nations to speak on the Iraqi crisis, Vatican spokesman Joaquín Navarro-Valls said.

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“There is no plan for an immediate visit of the Holy Father to the United Nation. This eventuality was never taken into consideration,” the director of the Vatican press office said Monday, in response to reporters’ questions.

Some media speculated that the Pope might address the U.N. Security Council if papal envoy Cardinal Pio Laghi’s meeting with U.S. President George W. Bush failed to produce results.

Bush plans to meet the cardinal on Wednesday, the White House said.

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