Pope Urges Faithful to Plead and Pray

( [email protected] ) Oct 29, 2003 01:01 PM EST

VATICAN CITY – Pope John Paul II called for prayers to halt the “planetary tensions” caused by terrorism and war, during his general address Wednesday, Oct. 29.

"In the face of war, violence and tension, praying the rosary is a conscious expression of faith," he said.

"The upsetting attacks in the United States on Sept. 11 and that which they generated in the world afterward can be stopped through the prayer of the rosary, in which one pleads for peace," his text read by an aide said.

"The shocking attacks of September 11, 2001 and what has happened in the world since have raised tensions to a planetary level," he continued.

After the address, John Paul remained for 30 minutes to greet the hundreds of pilgrims.