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For a peaceful coexistence in Egypt with respect for minorities

· Benedict XVI's Appeal at the end of the General Audience ·

Distressed by the violent episodes targeting Coptic Christians which took place last Sunday, 9 October, in Egypt, the Pope expressed his profound sorrow for the victims, their families and the entire Egyptian people. At the end of the General Audience, he made an Appeal for peaceful coexistence with respect for the human rights of minorities. The following is a translation of the Appeal, which was given in Italian.

I am profoundly saddened by the episodes of violence that took place in Cairo last Sunday. I share in the suffering of the families of the victims and of all the Egyptian people who are torn apart by attempts to undermine peaceful coexistence of their communities. It is essential to safeguard coexistence which it is essential to safeguard, especially at this time of transition. I exhort the faithful to pray so that this society may enjoy true peace, based on justice and respect for the freedom and dignity of every citizen. In addition, I support the efforts of the Egyptian authorities, civil and religious, to foster a society in which the human rights of all and, in particular of minorities, are respected for the good of national unity.

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