Pope laments bloodshed in Libya, Syria

Pope Benedict XVI lamented the bloodshed in Libya and Syria.

Updated: May 15, 2011, 21:13 PM IST

Vatican City: Pope Benedict XVI Sunday
lamented the bloodshed in Libya and Syria, calling for
peaceful resolutions to both conflicts.

"I continue to follow with great apprehension the tragic
armed conflict in Libya that has caused a large number of
victims and suffering, especially in the civilian population,"
the pope said after his weekly Angelus prayer in St Peter`s
Square.

"I renew a pressing appeal that the voice of negotiations
and dialogue be stronger than that of violence, with the help
of international organisations that are looking for a solution
to the crisis," the pontiff added.

"My thoughts also go to Syria, where it is urgent to
restore cohabitation marked by harmony and unity," he said.

"I ask God that there be no further bloodshed in this
country of great religions and civilisations," the pope said,
adding: "I ask the authorities and citizens to spare no effort
in the search for the common good, recognising legitimate
aspirations for a future of peace and stability."

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