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Libya: bishop welcomes Pope’s appeal for diplomacy

April 07, 2011

The apostolic vicar of Tripoli has welcomed Pope Benedict’s appeal for an end to the conflict in Libya. On April 6, the Pontiff called upon all parties “to initiate a process of peacemaking and dialogue, and to avoid further bloodshed.”

“It is a further boost to diplomacy to not give up strength and to act in a way that keeps the possibility of reconciliation alive,” said Bishop Giovanni Martinelli. “I think the appeal of the Holy Father, whom I offer my heartfelt thanks, is very important, because fighting does not help to create peace.”


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