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Let the weapons be silenced in Libya  and let dialogue begin

· The Pope’s Appeal after the Angelus ·

After praying the Angelus with the faithful in St Peter’s Square on Sunday, 27 March, the Holy Father made the following Appeal for peace on behalf of the people of Libya.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

In the face of the ever more dramatic news that is arriving from Libya, I feel increasing anxiety for the safety and security of the civil population and apprehension on account of the escalation of events now marked by the use of weapons. In moments of greater tension it becomes urgently necessary, in the search for peaceful and permanent solutions, to have recourse to every means available to diplomatic action and to support even the weakest signs of openness and of the desire for reconciliation among all the parties involved.

In this perspective, as I raise my prayers to the Lord for a return to harmony in Libya and in the entire North African region, I address a heartfelt appeal to the international organizations and to all who have political and military responsibilities to initiate a dialogue immediately and to suspend the use of weapons.




St. Peter’s Square

Nov. 22, 2019