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'Nothing positive comes from Iraq' POPE IN EASTER PLEA FOR PEACE.

Byline: By STEPHEN WHITE

THE POPE made an impassioned call for world peace yesterday and referred to the "continual slaughter" in Iraq and the growing unrest in Afghanistan.

Pope Benedict gave his Easter message to tens of thousands of people gathered in St Peter's Square in Rome in a speech televised to millions of viewers in 67 countries.

The 79-year-old pontiff said: "Nothing positive comes from Iraq, torn apart by continual slaughter as the civil population flees." He condemned terrorism and the use of religion to justify a "thousand faces of violence".

"Peace is sorely needed," the Pope added.

He read the speech from the same central balcony of St Peter's Basilica where he appeared to the world for the first time as pontiff after his election nearly two years ago. The Pope delivered Easter greetings in 62 languages.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 9, 2007
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