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Pope offers prayers for peace in Middle East

January 31, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI offered prayers for peace in the Middle East, and especially in the Holy Land, as he concluded his Angelus audience on Sunday, January 30.

Two young members of the Italian Catholic Action movement joined the Pontiff at the window of his apartment in the apostolic palace during the midday audience, and together they released a pair of white doves, in an annual gesture marking the group’s Caravan for Peace.

Pope Benedict called attention to other observances during his audience:

  • He joined in the International Day of Intercession for Peace in the Holy Land, and sent his greetings to Church leaders in Jerusalem.
  • He recalled that January 30 was the annual World Leprosy Day, and offered his prayerful support for all still engaged in the battle to eradicate that disease.
  • He noted the Lunar New Year celebrations in Asian countries, and wished them “serenity and prosperity” in the coming year.

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