Pope Advocates a Reconciled and Peaceful Holy Land

Sends Message on Occasion of Arafat’s Death

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VATICAN CITY, NOV. 11, 2004 (Zenit.org).- The Pope expressed his wish for peace and reconciliation in the Holy Land after news had reached him of Yassar Arafat’s death.

“At this hour of sadness at the passing of President Yasser Arafat, His Holiness Pope John Paul is particularly close to the deceased’s family, the authorities, and the Palestinian people, [w]hile entrusting his soul into the hands of the almighty and merciful God,” the message said.

The note of condolence was sent on Thursday on behalf of the Pope by Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Vatican Secretary of State, to Rawhi Fatthu, president of the Palestinian Parliament.

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