Pope John Paul on Wednesday made a fresh appeal for peace in Iraq and said his heart was "oppressed" by the news of battles. Speaking to thousands of pilgrims and tourists in St Peter's Square, the pope asked Catholics around the world to continue praying for peace. The 82-year-old pope, who headed the Vatican's diplomatic campaign to avert war, said that when he prayed he did so "with a heart that is oppressed by news that reaches us from an Iraq in war." The pope, who appeared in relatively good health, said the world should not forget the other conflicts "that are bloodying the Earth." He prayed that the Madonna "obtain justice and peace for the whole world."
Geez. What a crazy old peacenik. He really should stick to topics he knows something about,don't you think?