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Friday, May 21, 2004


VATICAN CITY, MAY 21, 2004 (VIS) - Prime Minister Helen Clark of New Zealand was received by John Paul II this morning who, in brief remarks in English, told her that "New Zealanders have always cherished the fundamental value of freedom, justice and peace. Indeed, in the face of aggression or threat, they have generously sought to defend and promote such rights in the Pacific and beyond."

  "Today," he added, "in our world so troubled by the scourge of racial divisions and conflict, I encourage you and your fellow citizens to foster dialogue. In acknowledging the fundamental God-given dignity of every person, dialogue leads to a recognition of diversity while opening the mind to the mutual acceptance and genuine collaboration demanded by the human family's basic vocation to unity."
AC/MINISTER NEW ZEALAND:CLARK                VIS 20040521 (140)

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