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POPE JOHN PAUL ll greets children from different countries in Paris Monday. The pope was there to address a meeting
of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization.
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rocked bybomb blasts
PARIS (AP)-Pope John Paul II,
ending a busy four-day visit to France,
said yesterday that experiments to
modify genes are as dangerous to
mankind's future as chemical, bac-
teriological or nuclear weapons.
In a speech to the U.N. Educational,
Scientific and Cultural Organization in
Paris, the spiritual leader of the world's
Roman Catholics said "the future of
man and mankind is . . . radically
threatened, in spite of very noble inten-
tions, by men of science."
HE SPECIFICALLY linked "genetic
manipulation in biological experimen-
ts" with weaponry as goals or results
"contradictory to those ol'humanity."
The speech also contained another
strong warning about the peril of
nuclear warfare. The pope said the
"balance of terror" might break down
as more and more nations acquire their
own nuclear weapons or because of
"errors of judgment, information or in-
John Paul saw other threats of
nuclear war in "wounded national
prides . . . materialism . . . and the
decay of moral values."
The pope was intransigent about the
priesthood, saying celibacy cannot be
He reminded young people of the vir-
tues of chastity before marrige and the
importance of motherhood.
In Tel Aviv, Prime Minister
Menachem Begin yesterday invited the
pope to visit Israel, praising him as a
"righteous gentile" in a speech that
contained harsh words for other
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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa
(UPI) - Black nationalists claimed
responsibility yesterday for the mid-
night bombings at two strategic gover-
nment oil refineries that set off the wor-
st fires in South Africa's history.
The explosions shook the town of
Sasolburg, 35 miles southwest of
Johannesburg, where the two com-
plexes are located. One witness said it
was "like watching a nuclear bomb
going off in the movies" as flames shot
3,000 feet into the air.
ANOTHER SYNTHETIC fuel project
to convert coal into oil in Secunda, 185
miles northeast of Sasolburg, was
simultaneously rocked by explosives.
But a fire there was quickly contained
and damage was limited.
The African National Congress
claimed responsibility for the raids,
which marked the first time the
outlawed group coordinated its attack
in itscampaign to overthrow South
Africa's white government.
Cabinet level officials said the at-
Welfare cuts blasted
by lobbying coalition.
tacks were much more sophisticated
than previous urban terrorist efforts.
THE SYNTHETIC oil refineries were
hit only hours before two mixed race
youths killed by police were buried in
an emotional joint funeral ceremony
that drew 15,000 mourners in Cape
Town, but authorities discounted any
Officials called the fires the worst
ever in South Africa and estimated the
hlazes consumed about $5.5 million
worth of fuel and caused about $1.9
million in damage to the facilities.
South Africa has been 'severely
strapped for petroleum since post-shah
Iran joined an OPEC boycott of all oil
sales to the country.
Although the output of the facilities
have.- been -kept secret, commercial
sources said the three plants together
account for up to 50 per cent of South
Africa's petroleum products. However,
government officials said only a tiny
fraction of the nation's storage capacity
was destroyed and production wasn't
interrupted at all three plants.
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LANSING (UPI) - The Michigan
League for Human Services says it is
battling the Milliken administration
and "right-wing hysteria" over welfare
cuts which will hurt and antagonize
needy groups already ravaged by
Spokesmen for the 1,200-member
organization - a traditional lobbying
force for welfare clients - said yester-
day it has alternatives which could ease
the need for the cuts but conceded they
face an uphill fight in an economy-
THEY HINTED the reductions are
likely to sow resentment if not violence
in Michigan's urban areas where the ef-
fects will be felt most keenly.
Gov. William Milliken's recent cuts
and proposals for the fiscal year begin-
ning in October - all designed to main-
tain a balanced budget in the face of
slinping 'revehues and'- mouinting
welfare costs - were criticized at news
conferences in Lansing, Detroit, Grand
Rapids and Saginaw.
The league called Milliken's proposal
to suspend General Assistance benefits
between April and October of each year
for those under 45 years old "com-
pletely unsupportable." GA benefits go
to those not eligible for standard Aid to
Dependent Children benefits.
It is highly unlikely the more than
40,000 affected recipients can find jobs
during the summer as the budget
recommendation assumes, the group