Pope condemns Nigerian violence

The head of the Roman Catholic church, Pope John Paul II, has condemned a spate of violent clashes last weekend in the Nigerian town, Kano, between Muslim and Christian youths in which the Red Cross say more than 100 people were killed.

The Pope was speaking at his general audience at St Peter's Square, in Rome.

He said he was praying that Nigerians rediscover the road of brotherhood.

The violence followed an anti-American rally held by Muslims last Friday.

Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has said his government would not tolerate people taking the law into their own hands.