Pope's Words to U.S. Vice President

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VATICAN CITY, JAN. 27, 2004 (Zenit.org).- Here is the brief address John Paul II delivered today when he received U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney in audience.



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Mr. Vice President,

I am pleased to welcome you and your family to the Vatican and to receive the cordial greetings which you bring from President Bush.

The American people have always cherished the fundamental values of freedom, justice and equality. In a world marked by conflict, injustice and division, the human family needs to foster these values in its search for unity, peace and respect for the dignity of all.

I encourage you and your fellow-citizens to work, at home and abroad, for the growth of international cooperation and solidarity in the service of that peace which is the deepest aspiration of all men and women.

Upon you and all the American people I cordially invoke the abundant blessings of Almighty God.