VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope John Paul II's appeal to fast on Dec. 14 in the name of peace and to donate the skipped meal money for victims of terrorism and of war has brought in some $650,000 in donations, an official said Monday.
Papal spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls said that the money would be used to help above all "children, the elderly, the sick, people left homeless and those most exposed to the danger of cold and of hunger in these winter months."
The pope has spoken out several times about the Sept. 11 attacks and has declared that nothing justifies terrorism. He also said that a war on terrorism can be just, but only if it follows certain moral rules, such as sparing innocent people from harm.
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