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Vatican supports fight against terrorism, organised crime

Pope encourages police at audience with Interpol delegates

Vatican supports fight against terrorism, organised crime

Vatican City, November 9 - Pope Benedict XVI told an assembly of Interpol delegates on Friday that the Catholic Church supports efforts to fight terrorism and mafia syndicates. "The Church and the Holy See encourage all those who help to combat the scourge of violence and crime, as our world resembles more and more a global village," the pope told the delegates on the final day of the General Assembly of Interpol in Rome. "The gravest forms of criminal activities can be seen in terrorism and organized crime. Terrorism, one of the most brutal forms of violence, sows hate, death and a desire for revenge". The German pontiff also called for greater international cooperation to fight crime. "It is important to strengthen collaboration and the exchange of expertise at a time when, at a global level, we see a widening of the sources of violence provoked by transnational entities which hinder the progress of humanity," he said. "Among these we include the evolution of criminal violence which is a particularly troubling aspect for the future of the world". The General Assembly of Interpol brought together representatives of police and security agencies, and political and institutional figures from its 190 member states, which since 2008 have included the Vatican City State.

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