NEW PAPAL PLEA FOR MIDEAST PEACE

VATICAN, May 14, 01 (CWNews.com) -- At this regular public
audience on Sunday, May 13, Pope John Paul II issued a new appeal
for peace in the Middle East.

After praying the Regina Caeli with pilgrims in St. Peter's Square, the
Holy Father denounced the "absurd spiral of violence" in the Holy
Land. He continued: "Everyone, an particularly the leaders of the
international community, has the duty to help the parties in this
conflict to break the immoral chain of provocations and reprisals."