No less than the 'Fate of Humanity' is now at stake the Pope said a few days ago...:
Pope speaks of anguish over war
AFP - Vatican City, March 26:
Pope John Paul II gave pilgrims a rare glimpse of his personal "anguish" over the war in Iraq as they gathered in St Peter's Square for his weekly general audience Wednesday.
The 82-year-old pontiff told pilgrims from around the world he was praying "with an anguished heart over the news reaching us daily from Iraq at war, without forgetting the other conflicts which are making the world bloody."
Many pilgrims waved rainbow peace flags which has become a fixture of anti-war demonstrations across Italy and Europe in the first week of the conflict.
The pope, marking the Catholic feast day of the Annunciation, said Catholics should "persist in reciting the rosary to plead for peace" throughout the year.
The ailing pope, crippled by Parkinson's disease, was said by aides last week to be "very disappointed and very sad", that a last-ditch appeal he made against war had been ignored.