Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Pope Renews Call For Peace

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Vatican City, Aug. 02, 2006 (CNA) - At the conclusion of his weekly General Audience today in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Benedict XVI offered his prayers for those in the Middle East and renewed his call for an immediate ceasefire in region.

The Pope said, “with a heart overflowing with sorrow, I renew yet again my pressing appeal for the immediate cessation of all hostilities and violence.”

“I would like to repeat,” the Pope said, “that it is never possible to justify the spilling of innocent blood, no matter from which side it comes!”

The Pontiff, who has been calling for peace since the hostilities began, invited everyone to continue praying for the region. “Our eyes are filled with the chilling images of the tortured bodies of many persons, above all of children - I think especially of Qana in Lebanon.”

Benedict referred, in part, to an apartment building, which was targeted by Israeli missiles on Sunday. The bombing left nearly 60 Lebanese refugees dead, most of whom were children.

The Guardian reports today that UNICEF estimates 290 children have been killed in the conflict to date and that somewhere near 45% of those forced to flee their homes have been children.

The Holy Father also exhorted the international community to get involved immediately to, “push the conditions for a definitive political solution to the crisis - one which is able to deliver a more peaceful and secure way for generations to come.”


Photo from here.

2 Comments:

Blogger Carmel said...

I really hope that all the fighting stops soon.
also, totally unrelated to peace, our Papa looks so tanned!

4:19 PM  
Blogger Saint Peter's helpers said...

Yes, let us keep praying that the fighting will end because a lot of innocent people are suffering. May the Lord help them.

Also, I do see that Papa got a lot of sun during his vacation in the Alps!

11:21 PM  

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