LETTER FROM DR. HELEN CALDICOTT
EXPLAINING THE POPE-TO-IRAQ CAMPAIGN
March 3, 2003
I write this appeal for your help as a pediatrician, a
mother, and a grandmother - and I am writing about the lives of tens of
thousands of children.
Although the current administration has demonstrated it
has no reservations about slaughtering up to 500,000 innocents in Iraq,
there is one person whose life they absolutely will not risk. That
person is Pope John Paul II. While the Pope has already formally
denounced the proposed war, calling it a defeat for humanity, as well as
sent his top spokesperson to meet with Saddam Hussein, he now must take
a historically unprecedented action of his own and travel to Baghdad.
The Pope's physical presence in Iraq will act as the
ultimate human shield, during which time leaders of the world nations
can commit themselves to identifying and implementing a peaceful
solution to this war that the world's majority clearly does not support.
To persuade the Holy Father to take this unusual but
potent action, he must hear from you and millions of others around the
world who have already been inspired to stand up and speak out for peace.
A mountain of surface mail, email, faxes, and phone calls are our
devices to inspire him. Please understand that your taking just a few
minutes right now to communicate with him may ultimately spare the lives
of thousands of innocent people who at this moment live in complete
terror from the threat of an imminent U.S.-lead military strike on their
So here is what you can do to be a part of this powerful
final action to stop the march to war in Iraq. This will take you only a
- Cut and paste the sample letter text below into your own
email / letter / fax. Its power depends upon your sending it
directly, as a personal communication to the Pope. The Vatican
address for regular mail is provided below. Feel free to write your
own letter or add your own comments to the letter text provided.
- At the close of the letter, type in your name, city and state —
no need to include your street address.
HOW TO SEND YOUR LETTER TO THE POPE
First priority: send the letter by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
FAX: From USA 011-39-06698-85378 (From other countries drop the 011
MAIL a hard copy of this letter to the address in the sample letter
below. DO NOT put “Italy” anywhere on the envelope, as this will
send your mail into the Italian mail system which is independent of the
PHONE the Vatican directly (from USA): Dial 011-39-06-69-82 - all
other countries must use their appropriate international prefix. Be sure
to check for time change in your phone book before calling the Vatican.
Pass this original email on to as many people you can so as to assure
a critical mass is reached through this action.
Note that as you and others begin sending your letters, faxes and
emails, there will be a simultaneous effort to alert the media of this
action, so as to be sure it is publicly known throughout the world.
Thank you for participating in this formal request of the Pope. We
just may stop this war in Iraq - and save these childrens' lives.
Dr. Helen Caldicott
LETTER WITH SUGGESTED TEXT - COPY TEXT FROM SAMPLE LETTER
BELOW, OR WRITE YOUR OWN LETTER
His Holiness John Paul II
00120 Vatican City State
I write to you today out of a sense of great urgency. As you know the
United States of America is on the verge of launching what may be one of
the most cataclysmic wars in history using weapons of mass destruction
upon the Iraqi people, fifty percent of whom are less than 15 years of
Conservative estimates are that such a war will result in the death
of 500,000 Iraqis. It seems clear that, at this time, you are the only
person on Earth who can stop this war. Indeed, your physical presence in
Baghdad, will prevent the impending slaughter of hundreds of thousands
of human beings, and force the international community of nations to
identify and implement a truly peaceful resolution to this unprecedented,
I implore you to travel to Baghdad and to remain there until a
peaceful solution to this crisis has been implemented. The lives of the
people of Iraq rest in your hands - as does the fate of the world.
** YOUR NAME, CITY, STATE HERE **
PLEASE ALSO SIGN THE PETITION TO THE POPE AT THIS WEBSITE:
See an article mentioning the Pope campaign, “Pope offers Saddam 72
hours to go into exile,” from The Age (Australia), March 12, 2003: