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Papal Speech Touts Women’s Rights

November 24, 1999

VATICAN CITY (AP) _ Pope John Paul II on Wednesday condemned sex tourism, prostitution and other practices that demean women.

The 79-year-old pope, trembling badly and appearing drawn, spoke at his regular general audience. John Paul suffers from the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

His theme Wednesday was the rights of women, and he urged his listeners to use the coming Holy Year to redouble their efforts to ensure those rights.

He condemned sex tourism, prostitution, mass sterilization and ``every form of violence″ that demeans women.

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