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Pope John Paul II preached peace and reconciliation during an open-air Mass in Matabeleland, a province in Zimbabwe where ethnic-political warfare ended only four months ago. “No more training for war,” the pontiff told 50,000 people at a horse track in Bulawayo, the provincial capital. “Hammer swords into plowshares, spears into sickles, and nation will not lift sword against nation.” John Paul, on a five-nation trip in southern Africa, was met at Bulawayo’s airport by Joshua Nkomo, former rival of President Robert Mugabe and now a senior Cabinet minister. An accord between Nkomo and Mugabe led to the end of eight years of fighting in May.


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