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Pope Urges Youths to Be 'Artisans of Peace'

May 04, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

Pope John Paul II urged hundreds of thousands of young people to be "artisans of peace," telling a rally outside Madrid that violence and terrorism are sowing hatred and death in the world.

Pressing ahead with foreign travel despite his physical infirmities, the pope made peace a theme of the opening day of his weekend visit to Spain.

Police estimated that up to 600,000 young people -- well above the church's prediction -- filled the grounds of the Cuatro Vientos air base.

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