Benedict XVI to Pray for Abused Children

VATICAN CITY, JUNE 24, 2009 ( Benedict XVI is demanding an end to the abuse of children in armed conflicts, assuring his daily prayers for young victims of fear.

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The Pope recalled the suffering of children today at the end of the general audience, when he greeted Radhika Coomaraswamy, U.N. undersecretary-general, special representative for children and armed conflict.

He assured the Sri Lankan native and her delegation of his “profound appreciation for their commitment to the defense of child victims of violence and arms.”

The Holy Father recalled “all the children of the world, particularly those who are exposed to fear, abandonment, hunger, abuse, sickness and death.”

“The Pope is close to all these little victims and he remembers them always in his prayer,” he said.

After the audience, Coomaraswamy met with Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, secretary for Vatican relations with states.

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