This ad will auto close in 10 seconds

Pope urges halt to Syria conflict

Pope Benedict XVI described himself as a "pilgrim of peace" and called for an end to the civil war in Syria.

Beirut: Pope Benedict XVI on Friday described himself as a "pilgrim of peace" and called for an end to the civil war in Syria.

Starting his three-day visit to Lebanon Friday, the Pope said: "I have come to Lebanon as a pilgrim of peace, as a friend of God and as a friend of men."

The first Pope to visit the country in 15 years, Benedict described the Arab Spring as "a desire for more democracy, for more freedom, for more cooperation and for a renewed Arab identity".

"Let me assure you that I pray especially for the many people who suffer in this region," he said.

The pontiff said Syrian arms imports were a "grave sin" and called for an end to the conflict.

He praised Lebanon, which has 18 different religious groups, as an example of religious "coexistence".

"The successful way the Lebanese all live together surely demonstrates to the whole Middle East and to the rest of the world that, within a nation, there can exist cooperation between the various Churches... coexistence and respectful dialogue between Christians and their brethren of other religions," he said.


From Zee News

0 Comment - Join the Discussions


photo gallery



Video: Suspected Kashmiri militants play cricket with AK47 as wicket

Nice, France: A year later, through the eyes of a Muslim

Top 5 inventions from Israel (Tech check)

Judaism, India's oldest foreign religion

Vegetarian beef farmer puts cows to pasture

Disabled dogs in Taiwan get hot new wheels