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Latvian Cardinal awarded peace medal by USSR

The Soviet Union's only Roman Catholic cardinal has been given an award by the official Soviet disarmament campaign, Tass news agency said Wednesday. Julian Cardinal Vaivods of Latvia received the honorary medal of the Soviet Peace Fund ''in appreciation of his active involvement in the peace movement and the support of the church he leads for the peaceful policy of the Soviet state, '' Tass said.

The cardinal was quoted as saying: ''there is no . . . task more important than that of preserving peace, since modern weapons can destroy human civilization and life on earth itself.''

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