Now being a former Catholic I have to say God bless the Pope for trying. But this recent apeal just further proves that it's time for him to step down. Being a man in his position he should be well aware of the fact that these people would like nothing more than to see him and every other Christian(and Jew) either subjugated or DEAD.
Now for our "friends" the French. I feel that the people in Paris along with the other large cities in that country, just cannot learn from their mistakes in the past. I really don't want to bring up the last time they said decided that they should sit on the sidelines of a major world threat just because it's not directly affecting them and if they remain open and friendly to the group causing the problems they would be safe. Ladies and gentlemen do they not remember back in 1938 when they acted the same way towards a short insane little man named Adolf. Now I want to make it clear that I do not hate all of the French. If you leave the big cities and venture out into the country and rural communities you will find a very friendly and pro-American bunch of people. They still remember what we did for them that last time the enligthened leaders in the so called major cities let them down. So check out the article and tonight when you pray, throw a little extra blessing towards the Pope and those misguided big city Frenchman.
Pope John Paul, echoing appeals by Muslim leaders, called Wednesday for the release of two French journalists held hostage in Iraq as France's foreign minister pressed on with a Middle East rescue mission.
The fate of reporters Georges Malbrunot and Christian Chesnot, who disappeared between Baghdad and Najaf on Aug. 20, remained uncertain as Foreign Minister Michel Barnier arrived in Qatar on the fourth leg of his mission.
There was no fresh word from the kidnappers, a militant group called the Islamic Army in Iraq, and confusion mounted over when their deadline was due to expire.
"I issue a pressing appeal for an end to violence...and (appeal) that the two journalists are treated with humanity and released to their loved ones soon," the Pope said in a statement read for him during his weekly audience at the Vatican.
His call echoed appeals in recent days by movements such as the Palestinian Islamic group Hamas, Palestinian President Yasser Arafat and aides to anti-U.S. cleric Moqtada al-Sadr.
France, which opposed the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and has no troops there, has rejected the kidnappers' demands to revoke a law banning conspicuous religious symbols in state schools such as the Muslim headscarf but still hopes to save the hostages.
President Jacques Chirac told his cabinet all possible efforts would be made to save the men and the French people were united in solidarity with them, a government spokesman said.
Click on this link to read the entire story. Yahoo! News - Pope Appeals for Iraq Hostages; French Cling to Hope