Faith in the News
July 30, 2001 POPE DEFENDS REFUGEE RIGHTS (Castel Gandolfo, Italy-AP) -- Pope John Paul the Second says countries have a duty to welcome refugees, treat them with dignity, and respect their rights and cultures. The 81-year-old Pope defended the rights of refugees in his weekly address. It came a day after the United Nations marked the 50th anniversary of the Geneva Convention on refugees. He told pilgrims at his summer residence at Castel Gandolfo southeast of Rome that he hoped to see greater protection and solidarity for those forced to leave their native lands.