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the Pope on burma
>Date: Tue, 19 Nov 1996 16:30:49
>From: Harn Yawnghwe <yawnghwe@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>Subject: Re: the Pope on burma
>POPE URGES RESPECT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS IN BURMA
>July 6, 1996 - REUTER News Agency
>VATICAN CITY, Pope John Paul urges military-ruled Burma on Friday to
respect human rights and said the Catholic Church must not neglect a role it
>The Pontiff, in a speech to Burmese bishops at the Vatican, encouraged
efforts to make Roman Catholics "ever more aware of the part they can play
in your country's development."
>He said that was "a development which should embody respect for human
rights and for cultural and religious values, as well as the promotion of
justice and the service of the common good."
>"The safeguarding and promotion of human dignity and inalienable human
rights, and in particular the right to religious freedom, is a task which
the Church must never neglect," the Pope added.
>The United Nations and organisations such as Amnesty International have
alleged widespread human rights violations under Burma's ruling State Law
and Order Restoration Council. Amnesty called the rights situation
"critical" last October.
>At 02:22 PM 10/26/96 +0000, you wrote:
>>i am looking to find out more about what kind of a stance the Pope
>>took on the plight of the burmese. it would be very helpful to read
>>the full text of the Pope's decree. i am presently working to rid the
>>boston college campus of frito-lay products and being that it is a
>>jesuit institution i would like to present the Pope's take on this.
>>peace and love