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Pope John Paul II - God Bless Iraq

After meeting with Iraq's Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz in Rome about a week ago Pope John Paul II gripped his hand and said "God bless you. God bless Iraq."
After meeting with Iraq's Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz in Rome about a week ago Pope John Paul II gripped his hand and said "God bless you. God bless Iraq."

Wow just think about that statement - powerful stuff if you happen to be a Catholic service person in the US Military or Catholic lay person siding with Bush's war plans. I wonder if the Paul Revere Society and the rest of talk radio will call him a terrorist peacenik too.

A brief video tape of the meeting and the handshake was released by the Vatican.

Links to the story:

FOX NEWS
ABC NEWS (AP)
Beliefnet
St. Augustine Record
middleeast.org
Miami Herald
USA Today
Ugh 24.Feb.2003 17:18

John the Baptist 2

Ick. Sidling up to an oppressive murdered. He must have gone wack in his old age.

Disgusting .... *yech* 24.Feb.2003 20:18

Fool (for Christ)

yeah, well what do you expect from a pope who forgave the man who (almost mortally) shot him....to forgive and bless people who (perhaps?) don't deserve it?!?!??! Geez, that might just be what Jesus would do?!?!?! Terrible indeed!!!!

I'm with you 24.Feb.2003 23:18

Yup

Yup. It's terrible. I agree.

Who Would Jesus Bomb? 25.Feb.2003 05:13

J. C.

"Ick. Sidling up to an oppressive murdered. He must have gone wack in his old age."

I agree. The Pope has not business cozying up to brutal Global Tyrants like America. The Vatican should advise all Catholics to shown this Global thug, like the Rogue Empire it is and has always been.

Glass houses 25.Feb.2003 09:15

Paul

When it comes to morality, the Catholic church is walking on thin ice. They should solve their own problems first.

Aziz is Christian 25.Feb.2003 16:20

agnostic

Tariq Aziz is a Christian, one of many in Iraq.