POPE RENEWS CALL FOR PEACE IN HOLY LAND

VATICAN, Oct 22, 01 (CWNews.com) - During his Angelus
audience on Sunday, October 21, Pope John Paul II renewed
his call for peace in the Holy Land, expressing his "deep
sorrow" over the escalation of bloodshed in Palestinian
towns on the West Bank.

The Pope spoke of "the worrisome news from Bethlehem and
from Beit Jala and Beit Sahour," where Israeli troops have
moved forcefully in to Palestinian neighborhoods. The Holy
Father mourned that "war and death have arrived even to the
plaza of the Basilica of the Annunciation" in Nazareth.

"In the name of God," the Pope said: "I repeat again:
Violence is for everyone only a path towards death and
destruction."