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VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- Pope John Paul II renewed his call for peace in East Timor, as he closed a public audience in St. Peter's Square on September 29.

The Holy Father spoke of his "profound sorrow" over the news of killings that took place in Bacau, at the northeast corner of East Timor, on September 26. The massacres there-- occurring after the first arrival of international peacekeeping forces on the island-- took the lives of two missionary nuns. The Pontiff denounced these "massacres committed against unarmed civilians, against Christians, priests, and religious who have given their lives in service to everyone."

The Pope again called for prayers "for all the victims of the tragedy in Timor," as well as "everyone who is working to help them, and to bring peace to the territory."

CWN - Catholic World News

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