LETTER FROM DR. HELEN CALDICOTT
EXPLAINING THE POPE-TO-IRAQ CAMPAIGN

Text version

March 3, 2003

Dear Friends:

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 homeland.

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 few minutes.

  1. 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.

     

  2. 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: pcjustpax@justpeace.va

Other options:

FAX: From USA 011-39-06698-85378 (From other countries drop the 011 prefix).

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 Vatican system.

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.

With love,
Dr. Helen Caldicott

 

LETTER WITH SUGGESTED TEXT - COPY TEXT FROM SAMPLE LETTER BELOW, OR WRITE YOUR OWN LETTER

His Holiness John Paul II
Apostolic Palace
00120 Vatican City State
Europe

Your Holiness:

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 age.

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, preemptive aggression.

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.

With hope,

** YOUR NAME, CITY, STATE HERE **

 

PLEASE ALSO SIGN THE PETITION TO THE POPE AT THIS WEBSITE:

www.emissaryoflight.com

 

See an article mentioning the Pope campaign, “Pope offers Saddam 72 hours to go into exile,” from The Age (Australia), March 12, 2003:

http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2003/03/11/1047144971917.html