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Pope Calls for Libyan Cease-Fire

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI is calling for an immediate cease-fire and peace negotiations in Libya, where U.S. and allied European forces have been targeting military assets controlled by the country’s dictator, Col. Moammar Gadhafi.

Benedict made his statement on Sunday (March 28), following his weekly recitation of the Angelus prayer in St. Peter’s Square, saying he was “progressively more concerned about the well-being and safety of civilians” in Libya.

“I make a heartfelt appeal to international organizations and to political and military leaders for the immediate launch of a dialogue that will halt the use of arms,” the pope said.

The pope’s words marked a shift from his statement a week earlier (March 20), when he urged “political and military leaders” to ensure Libyans’ “access to humanitarian relief,” but notably stopped short of calling for an end to the United Nations-authorized attacks on Gadhafi.

In calling for a diplomatic solution on Sunday, Benedict said that “at times of greater tension it is even more essential … to support even the faintest sign of openness and of desire for reconciliation between the parties involved.”

Referring generally to recent violence elsewhere in the Middle East, Benedict recommended the “path of dialogue and reconciliation … in the search for just and fraternal coexistence” throughout the region.

- FRANCIS X. ROCCA, Religion News Service

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment nnmns

    The Libya affair was handled a thousand times better than Bush handled going into Iraq. And the danger to Libyans from the Libyan government was much bigger than the danger to Iraqis from the Iraqi government. So I’m good with it for now. But it won’t last very long so I think Gadhafi’s forces need to be irreparably broken before there’s a cease-fire. And we need to stay off the ground there. Give no reason to think we have designs on Libya.

    That’s my two cents.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Henrietta22

    The President used good sense and logic by staying with NATO running the show, and America doing their part with other nations. Boehner thought it wasn’t clear what Obama is doing, more chosen cloudy clarity by the Republican’s. IMO.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Gino Lacanale

    I can see by your comments above your both in left field !!! Good job of what !!! NOT TELLING THE TRUTH!!! PLAYING TO MUCH GOLF !!! he is good at that !!! Who do you think NATO is ?????? Wow I will pray for you all !!!!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment pagansister

    Benny fix problem—will talk to Lord!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Henrietta22

    Gino sounds like you don’t agree with President Obama. What do you think NATO is? Don’t be so taken in with labels of left and right, do your own evaluating, and sometimes you find yourself on both sides. If you don’t you are probably being brain-washed.

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