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'Respect gypsies'

Rome (AFP) - Europe must ask forgiveness of gypsies 'to wipe out the injustices which have too often marked the secular history of nomads', Pope John Paul wrote in a message to 500 French gypsies on a pilgrimage here. 'At this time in history, the nations of Europe are seeking new forms of co-operation and solidarity. No occasion must be lost to recall the need to respect the gypsies.'