CARDINAL SIN ASKS THE FAITHFUL TO OPPOSE IRAQ WAR  

Manila, Feb. 21, 2003 - - Cardinal Jaime Sin today called on Filipino Catholics to oppose a threatened US-led war on Iraq.

The Manila archbishop called on Filipinos to express their support for a peaceful resolution to the Iraq conflict.

"Our gathering is a concrete expression of our solidarity with the cause of the Holy Father," Sin said, referring to Pope John Paul II's efforts to prevent the outbreak of war in Iraq.

Sin echoed recent statements by the pope that "war is always a defeat for humanity," and that "humanity must not resign itself to the inevitability of war."

President Gloria Arroyo has been a staunch supporter of US President George W. Bush's Iraq policy and the UN Security Council's demands for Baghdad to rid itself of weapons of mass destruction.


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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