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Vatican spokesman calls for dialogue, reconciliation in Syria

Catholic World News - June 13, 2011

Describing the “persistent violence and apparent lack of solutions” in Syria as “especially worrisome,” the director of the Holy See Press Office called for “dialogue, reconciliation, and peace” in the Middle Eastern nation in a June 11 editorial.

“Syria is a country where the social and political demands being made are aimed at creating a higher level of civilization, but where the present confusion has also sparked violent reactions that are in turn promoting subversion and conflict between religious communities that risk provoking the disintegration of Syrian society,” said Father Federico Lombardi, SJ.

“The appeal for dialogue, for free expression and participation, and for the rejection of violence, is one that is addressed to all parties, said Father Lombardi. He was echoing a message sent by Pope Benedict XVI at his meeting with a new ambassador from Syria to the Holy See.

“It is important to oppose the disintegration of this region and to speak out against the conflicts that force people to flee from one country to another: from Iraq to Syria, from Syria to Turkey,” he added.

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