Pope calls for peace in Middle East in Easter message

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Pope Benedict has appealed for peace in the Middle East, South Sudan and Nigeria, in his Easter message, reports the Vatican Insider.

The pontiff called on the resurrected Jesus to “grant hope to the Middle East and enable all the ethnic, cultural and religious groups in that region to work together to advance the common good and respect for human rights".

"Particularly in Syria, may there be an end to bloodshed and an immediate commitment to the path of respect, dialogue and reconciliation, as called for by the international community. May the many refugees from that country who are in need of humanitarian assistance find the acceptance and solidarity capable of relieving their dreadful sufferings.”

“May the paschal victory - he continued - encourage the Iraqi people to spare no effort in pursuing the path of stability and development. In the Holy Land, may Israelis and Palestinians courageously take up anew the peace process.”

He added in prayer that: “the Lord, the victor over evil and death, sustain the Christian communities of the African continent; may he grant them hope in facing their difficulties, and make them peacemakers and agents of development in the societies to which they belong.”

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Pope appeals for bloodshed in Syria to stop (Vatican Insider)

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