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Benedict XVI Renews Call for End of Mideast Strife

Pope Benedict XVI renews his pressing appeal for the immediate end of the hostilities and violence in the Middle East during the conclusion of his weekly General Audience at Saint Peter's Square, Vatican City this week.

“With a heart overflowing with sorrow, I renew yet again my pressing appeal for the immediate cessation of all hostilities and violence.”, says the Holy Father. “I would like to repeat, that it is never possible to justify the spilling of innocent blood, no matter from which side it comes!”

“Our eyes are filled with the chilling images of the tortured bodies of many persons, above all of children - I think especially of Qana in Lebanon.”, said Pope Benedict. The then invited everyone to continue praying for the region and reiterated his call for peace since the hostilities began.
He also referred to the missile bombing on Sunday which targeted an apartment building and left nearly 60 Lebanese refugees dead, mostly children.

The Holy Father also exhorted the international community to get involved immediately to, “push the conditions for a definitive political solution to the crisis - one which is able to deliver a more peaceful and secure way for generations to come.”

 
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