John Paul II Assails Torture as "Intolerable"

VATICAN CITY, JUNE 27, 2004 ( John Paul II asked that all institutions and countries commit themselves to ending the practice of torture.

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The Pope made his plea today before praying the Angelus with the crowds gathered in St. Peter’s Square. He recalled that Saturday was the U.N. International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.

The Holy Father asked “that the common commitment of institutions and citizens be able to completely eliminate this intolerable violation of human rights, radically contrary to the dignity of man.”

On the occasion of the U.N. day, the International Federation of Action by Christians for the Abolition of Torture (FIACAT) emphasized that torture is prohibited under international law in all circumstances.

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