Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018
VATICAN CITY

Pope calls for peace in Middle East

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Vatican City, March 31 - Pope Francis called for
peaceful solutions to be found to the conflicts in the Middle
East in his first Easter message as pontiff on Sunday.
"Peace for the Middle East, and particularly between
Israelis and Palestinians, who struggle to find the road of
agreement, that they may willingly and courageously resume
negotiations to end a conflict that has lasted all too long,"
Francis said.
"Peace in Iraq, that every act of violence may end, and
above all for dear Syria, for its people torn by conflict and
for the many refugees who await help and comfort.
"How much blood has been shed. And how much suffering must
there still be before a political solution to the crisis will be
found?"
The pope also made an appeal for an end to violence in
various parts of Africa, and for an easing of tensions between
North and South Korea.
"Peace for Africa, still the scene of violent conflicts. In
Mali, may unity and stability be restored," he said.
"In Nigeria, where attacks sadly continue, gravely
threatening the lives of many innocent people, and where great
numbers of persons, including children, are held hostage by
terrorist groups.
"Peace in the East of the Democratic Republic of Congo, and
in the Central African Republic, where many have been forced to
leave their homes and continue to live in fear.
"Peace in Asia, above all on the Korean peninsula: may
disagreements be overcome and a renewed spirit of reconciliation
grow.

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