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Peace on the horizon for Libya

· After the Angelus Benedict XVI asks that safety, security and access to humanitarian aid be guaranteed for citizens ·

After praying the Angelus in St Peter’s Square on Sunday, 20 March, the Holy Father made the following Appeal on behalf of the people of Libya.

In the past few days the disturbing news from Libya has given rise to keen anxiety and fears also in me. I said special prayers to the Lord about it during the week of Spiritual Exercises.

I am now following the latest events with deep apprehension, I am praying for those involved in the dramatic situation in this country and I address a pressing appeal to all who have political and military responsibilities, so that they may first of all have at heart the safety and security of citizens and guarantee their access to humanitarian aid. I would like to assure the people of my heartfelt closeness, while I ask God to obtain that a horizon of peace and concord may dawn as soon as possible on Libya and on the entire region of North Africa.




St. Peter’s Square

Nov. 22, 2019