VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope John Paul II beatified 233 martyrs of religious persecution in 1930s Spain, entrusting to their intercession an end to the country's modern-day scourge of Basque terrorism. As 30,000 mostly Spanish pilgrims in St. Peter's Square interrupted him with sustained applause on March 11, the Pope said terrorism is ‘the enemy of humanity’ and an inherently losing tactic. ‘Terrorism is born of hate and in turn feeds it; it is radically unjust and increases the situations of injustice; and it seriously offends against God and the dignity and rights of persons’, he said.
Basque terrorists in northern Spain have killed some 800 people in their three-decade campaign for a separate homeland.
The Pope’s church supports Roman Catholic terrorists in the Government of Northern Ireland!