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Pope tells Blair to avoid war

VATICAN CITY (CNS): In a private audience with one of the staunchest supporters of possible military action against Iraq, Pope John Paul II told British Prime Minister Tony Blair to make every effort to avoid war and "spare the world new divisions"...

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Secret letter to Pius XI released

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Just a few weeks after Adolf Hitler came to power in Germany, St Edith Stein - a Catholic convert from Judaism who was soon to enter a Carmelite convent - wrote to Pope Pius XI asking him to condemn Nazi ideology...

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Iraqi envoy meets with the Pope

VATICAN CITY (CNS/Zenit): Warning of the disastrous consequences of war, Pope John Paul II and top Vatican diplomatic officials met with Iraq's Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz on February 14 and asked Iraq for "concrete commitments" to respect UN disarmament resolutions...

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E Timor struggles on

WASHINGTON (CNS): More than three years after East Timor voted for independence, access to adequate health care, education and basic human rights remains out of reach for most people in the country, said an East Timorese human rights worker...

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No sane reason for war on Iraq

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (CNS): A New Zealand cardinal said a US-led attack on Iraq has no justification "on grounds of international law or sane morality"...

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Papal envoy for talks in Baghdad

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Pope John Paul II has added his weight to an appeal for a peaceful settlement of the crisis in Iraq by sending a high-level envoy to Baghdad to press for greater Iraqi co-operation with UN weapons inspectors...

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Bacon Priest dies

ROME (CNS): Norbertine Father Werenfried van Straaten, founder of the international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, died of natural causes on January 31 at the age of 90...

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Marriage crisis must be tackled

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Pope John Paul II said the Church must combat a widespread "crisis of matrimony" by doing a better job of making Catholic couples appreciate the supernatural dimension of their marriages...

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