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Reconciliation in Syria and a plan for peace in Libya

· The Pope's Appeal for the peoples of Syria and Libya at the Angelus ·

At the Marian prayer of the Angelus on Sunday, 7 August, with the faithful gathered in the courtyard of the Papal Residence in Castel Gandolfo, Benedict XVI

expressed his concern about the constant news of tragic events in Syria and Libya. “The reestablishment of peaceful coexistence” was the essence of the Holy Father's appeal for Syria and he also expressed the hope that a plan for peace would be sought through negotiation and constructive dialogue for Libya. The following is a translation of the Holy Father’s appeal in Italian.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I am following with deep concern the dramatic and escalating episodes of violence in Syria, which have taken a heavy toll of victims and caused great suffering. I invite the Catholic faithful to pray that the effort for reconciliation may prevail over division and resentment.

In addition, I renew to the Syrian authorities and people a pressing appeal that peaceful coexistence may be reestablished as soon as possible and an adequate response be made to the legitimate aspirations of the citizens, with respect for their dignity, to promote stability throughout the region.

My thoughts also turn to Libya, where the force of arms has not resolved the situation. I urge international organizations and all who have political and military responsibilities to relaunch with conviction, through effective negotiation and constructive dialogue, the search for a plan for peace for the country.




St. Peter’s Square

Oct. 17, 2019