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Pope pleads for peace in Syria

Catholic World News - February 13, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI issued a plea for peace in Syria as he concluded his Angelus audience on February 12.

The Pontiff urged international leaders—and especially the leaders of Syria—to pursue negotiations rather than bloodshed as a means of resolving the nation’s political crisis. He said that it is “vital to respond to the legitimate aspirations” of the country’s people, but avoided any more specific remarks on the uprisings against the Assad regime.

Pope Benedict told this Sunday audience that he has been watching the news from Syria “with great concern,” noting that recent reports have told of “many victims, some of them children.” He said: “I recall them all in my prayers, just as I do the wounded and those who are suffering the consequences of an increasingly worrying conflict.”

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