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Pope's appeal for Christians of Egypt

Catholic World News - October 12, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI issued an appeal for peace in Egypt during his weekly public audience on October 12, asking "the faithful to pray that that society might enjoy true peace, based on justice and respect for the freedom and dignity of all citizens."

The Pontiff said that he was "profoundly saddened" by the violence in which 26 Christians were killed in Cairo on Sunday. "I share the suffering of the families of the victims and of all the Egyptian people, lacerated by attempts to undermine peaceful coexistence among their communities," he said.

Pope Benedict said that he would support efforts by the Egyptian government to preserve security and human rights, "in particularly those of minorities."

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