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Pope calls for new world order

Vatican City
January 2, 2004

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Pope John Paul rang in the new year yesterday with a renewed call for peace in the Middle East and Africa and the creation of a new world order based on respect for the dignity of man and equality among nations.

The Pope presided over a morning Mass at St Peter's Basilica to mark the World Day of Peace, which the Catholic Church celebrates every January 1. He appeared in good form, delivering his homily in a strong and clear voice.

This year the Pope directed his thoughts to continuing conflicts around the globe.

But he stressed that to bring about peace, there needed to be a new respect for international law and the creation of a "new international order" based on the goals of the United Nations.

He lamented continuing violence between Israel and the Palestinians and offered prayers for his ambassador to Burundi, Archbishop Michael Courtney, who was killed this week.

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