ISSN 2330-717X

Pope Benedict Prays For Peace In Libya

By

Responding to the widening military conflict, Pope Benedict XVI has prayed for a “horizon of peace and harmony” to arise in Libya. He also assured the people of Libya of his “heartfelt closeness.”

“The disturbing news coming from Libya has awakened in me fear and trepidation,” Pope Benedict told the faithful in St. Peter’s Square after the traditional Sunday Angelus prayers. He reported that he had made a “special prayer” about the state of affairs in Libya during his Lenten spiritual exercises last week.

Vatican
Vatican

The pontiff called on those in positions of military and political responsibility to have at heart the safety and security of citizens and to ensure access to humanitarian aid.

“I pray for those involved in the dramatic situation in that country,” the Pope said.

The Libyan government, headed by Col. Moammar Ghadafi, has responded with severity to protests and rebel groups which began to oppose him openly on Feb. 17.

NGOs such as the New York City-based Human Rights Watch charged that Libyan government forces have fired upon unarmed civilians, have made arbitrary arrests and have caused the disappearances of “scores of people” since the protests began.

In the rebel capital of Benghazi 95 people were killed and an unknown number injured in a March 19 assault by government forces, CNN reports.

The United States, the United Kingdom and France began to enforce a United Nations-approved no-fly zone on March 19. The allied nations’ fighter jets, bombers and missiles have hit Libyan military positions in what is being called “Operation Odyssey Dawn.”

Libyan officials said the allied military action left at least 48 people dead.

The Libyan military called for an immediate cease-fire on Sunday.

Click here to have Eurasia Review's newsletter delivered via RSS, as an email newsletter, via mobile or on your personal news page.

CNA

The Catholic News Agency (CNA) has been, since 2004, one of the fastest growing Catholic news providers to the English speaking world. The Catholic News Agency takes much of its mission from its sister agency, ACI Prensa, which was founded in Lima, Peru, in 1980 by Fr. Adalbert Marie Mohm (†1986).

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.