Pontiff Prays for Peace in Egypt

Underlines Shared Commitment for Common Good

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VATICAN CITY, FEB. 6, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI is affirming his attentiveness to the current conflicts in Egypt, and is offering prayers for peace in that land.

Today is the 13th day of protests attempting to oust President Hosni Mubarak, 82, who has reigned in Egypt for almost 30 years.

The protests seeking his resignation brought tens of thousands of people to Tahrir Square in central Cairo. Earlier this week, the protests became violent as Mubarak’s supporters clashed with the marchers.

In an address before praying the midday Angelus today, the Pope stated, «In these days I am attentively following the delicate situation of that dear Egyptian nation.»

He added, «I ask God that that land, blessed by the presence of the Holy Family, rediscover tranquility and peaceful coexistence in the shared commitment to the common good.»

Meanwhile, today Egypt’s vice president, Omar Suleiman, met with representatives of the Muslim Brotherhood and other members of the opposition groups to attempt to dialogue about the demands of the people.

Those gathered in Tahrir Square held prayer services for the souls of those who died in the clashes with the authorities.

Associated Press reported that Christians held a Sunday Mass, in which thousands of Muslims participated.

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