VATICAN CITY (AP) _ Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi gained a word of approval Tuesday from Pope John Paul II when he warned of the danger to society from ``ever-more intrusive'' mass communications.

Ciampi, making an official visit to the Vatican, listed nuclear proliferation and unfettered globalization as among major threats.

``To this is added the spread of ever-more intrusive means of mass communication that can undermine, especially among young people, those moral values without which a healthy and strong society doesn't exist,'' Ciampi said.

``I was struck by what you said about the media,'' John Paul told Ciampi after his speech. ``I agree.''