Benedict XVI Calls for Peace in Libya, Syria

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VATICAN CITY, MAY 15, 2011 ( Benedict XVI spoke today of the rebellions in Libya and Syria, calling for peace and solutions to the conflicts.

The Pope mentioned the two nations today before praying the midday Regina Caeli with crowds gathered in St. Peter’s Square.

«I continue to follow the armed conflict in Libya with great attention,» he said. «This conflict has caused a great number of victims and suffering above all among the civilian population. I renew a pressing call that the path of negotiation and dialogue prevail over that of violence, with the help of international organizations that are seeking a solution to the crisis.»

The Holy Father also assured his prayers and support for Christian efforts to help the population, «in particular through consecrated persons present in the hospitals.»

The Bishop of Rome said of Syria that «it is urgent that a coexistence marked by concord and unity be restored.» 

It is reported that at least 800 people have been killed there since the revolts started two months ago.

«I ask God that there be no more bloodshed in that homeland of great religions and civilization,» the Pope said, «and I invite the authorities and all citizens to stop at nothing in seeking the common good and in accepting the legitimate aspirations for a future of peace and stability.»

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