VATICAN CITY, FEB. 27, 2004 ( The Vatican's secretary of state expressed the Holy See's concern about the turmoil in Haiti.

At a press conference Thursday, Cardinal Angelo Sodano said: "The situation in Haiti causes us much concern."

Rebels who had overrun half of Haiti seized another town today and closed in on the capital of Port-au-Prince, where looting erupted and supporters of embattled President Jean-Bertrand Aristide fired guns in the air, the Associated Press said.

In his statements reported by the Missionary Service News Agency, the cardinal also called for a more active U.N. role in the Mideast and Africa, especially in Congo and Uganda.


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