VATICAN CITY, OCT 24, 2003 (VIS) - A conference organized by the Italian foreign ministry and entitled "Do not be Afraid: John Paul II, Prophet of Dialogue," was held on October 22 in Jerusalem at the Notre Dame Pontifical Institute to celebrate the Holy Father's 25 years of pontificate.
At the end of the conference, which was attended by representatives of both the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority, Archbishop Pietro Sambi, apostolic nuncio in Israel, read a Message from Pope John Paul. In it, the Pope repeated the appeal he made 25 years ago to all people of good will: "Do not be afraid to serve the human person. Do not be afraid to open borders with States, to open economic and political systems, the vast fields of culture, civilization and development to the power of divine grace."
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