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Monday, October 2, 2006


VATICAN CITY, OCT 1, 2006 (VIS) - After reading the Angelus at noon today at Castelgandolfo, the Pope said that he was happy in having met His Beatitude Emmanuel III Delly, Patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans, "who informed me of the tragic reality that the population of Iraq faces daily, a country where Christians and Muslims have lived together for fourteen years and as children of the same land".

  The Holy Father continued: "I hope these bonds of brotherhood may never diminish, while, with my spiritual closeness, I invite all to join with me in asking the Omnipotent God for the gift of peace and understanding in this tormented land".

  Benedict XVI reminded that tomorrow would be the World "Habitat" Day, promoted by the United Nations and dedicated this year to the theme: "Cities, Magnets of Hope".

  "The management of the rapid process of urbanization, the consequence also of the evermore relevant migration towards cities, represents one of the most serious problems that humanity of the XXIst Century is called to face". With this in mind, the Pope encouraged "all those, who on a local as well as international level, work towards ensuring that persons living in slum areas be given dignified living conditions, the satisfaction of their basic needs and the possibility of achieving their aspirations, in particular their family expectations and a peaceful social co-habitation".
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