BENEDICT XVI AT THE ANGELUS: APPEAL FOR PEACE IN LEBANON AND IN THE GAZA STRIP

"In the last few days – mentioned the Pope yesterday morning before saying the Angelus –, violence is causing bloodshed in Lebanon again. It is unacceptable that people may have chosen this way to support their political arguments. I feel deep pain for that beloved population". "Many Lebanese people – he added – are tempted to give up hope and feel bewildered by what is happening". Sharing the "powerful words" uttered by card. Nasrallah Pierre Sfeir with which he denounced such fratricidal fights, "with him and with the other religious leaders" the Pope invoked "God’s help, so that all the Lebanese, without distinction, can and will join forces to turn their native country into a real common home, overcoming those selfish attitudes that prevent them actually taking care of their own country". To the Christians of Lebanon, Benedict XVI repeated his exhortation "to be the supporters of a true dialogue between all communities". The Holy Father also expressed the wish "that violence in the Gaza Strip may stop as soon as possible". "To the whole population – he concluded – I wish to express my spiritual sympathy and reassure them of my prayer, so that the willingness to join forces for the common good, choosing peaceful ways to settle differences and tensions, may prevail in everyone".

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