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Christmas in Libya: prayer for national reconciliation

December 23, 2011

Following an eight-month civil war that left over 25,000 dead, Libya’s leading prelate is praying for national reconciliation this Christmas.

Bishop Giovanni Martinelli, the apostolic vicar of Tripoli, says that pastoral activities have fully resumed following the conclusion of the war in October. “The local population is serene, even the few foreigners come to our celebrations with joy, always asking the Lord to give peace to Libya, after the war,” he told the Fides news agency. “It is really important that there is strong reconciliation in the Muslim community but also in the Christian community. That is what we hope and we pray for.”


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