JOHN PAUL II
Sunday, 29 July 2001
1. Yesterday, 28 July, the United Nations celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Geneva Convention, on the status of refugees. This is an important agreement, which remains the foundation on which the international protection of refugees rests, since it was ratified by some 140 countries, including the Holy See.
For the nations involved in the Second World War, the past 50
years have been essentially years of peace. However, conflicts have not been
lacking in the world, causing the number of refugees and forced migrants to grow.
Moreover, numerous and serious breaches in the faithful application of the
Geneva Convention have been observed. However, a sign of hope comes from the
determination with which the United Nations High Commission for Refugees is
working to verify the efficacy of the convention and its correspondence with
Let us entrust this special intention to the Blessed Virgin
Mary, Mother of all mankind.
The Holy Father greeted the pilgrims in French, English, German, Spanish, Portuguese and Polish. He said in English:
I extend a special greeting to the pilgrims from the Parish of St George in the Diocese of Gozo, and I pray that Almighty God will bless you and your families. Upon all the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors, I invoke the abundant graces of Almighty God.
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