Thursday, May 31, 2012

Pope saddened by massacre in Syria

Pope Benedict has expressed his deep sorrow at the massacre in Houla and called for politicians, faith leaders and the international community to redouble their efforts to bring peace to Syria, reports the Independent Catholic News.

The Holy Father said in a statement: "The recent massacre in the Syrian town of Houla in which around one hundred people, including numerous children, lost their lives, is a motive of great sorrow and concern for the Holy Father and the entire Catholic community, as it is for the international community which has expressed unanimous condemnation of the incident."

"Renewing its appeal for an end to all forms of violence, the Holy See exhorts the parties involved and the entire international community to spare no efforts to resolve this crisis through dialogue and reconciliation. Likewise, leaders and believers of the various religions, through prayer and mutual collaboration, are called to commit themselves to promoting the peace which is so much sought after, for the good of the whole population."

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