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Vatican UN envoy renews plea for peace in Syria

February 29, 2012

The Holy See is watching the rising tide of violence in Syria with “great concern,” a Vatican spokesman said in an address to the UN’s human-rights council in Geneva.

“We must not succumb to the logic of violence, where violence begets further violence,” said Archbishop Silvano Tomasi. “It is never too late to refrain from violence!”

“Syria has a long history of peaceful coexistence among her diverse religious and ethnic communities,” the archbishop said. He called upon the people of Syria to resolve their differences, and fulfill “the legitimate aspirations of the different members of the nation,” without resorting to warfare.

Archbishop Tomasi called for international action to provide aid for those people already harmed by the fighting in Syria.


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