Pope calls for peace in Syria and praises EU, in speech to diplomats8 January 2013
Pope Benedict XVI appealed for a ceasefire in Syria in his annual address to diplomats in Rome yesterday.
The Pope said that the country risked becoming "a field of ruins" in the speech, in which he also expressed concern at the barbarity of terrorist attacks in Nigeria. He said that he had been deeply saddened to hear of the death of Christians in the region. "Even in the days when we celebrated Christmas, some Christians were barbarously put to death," he said. Boko Haram Islamic terrorists are waging a campaign of murdering Nigerian Christians.
The Pope also spoke of the progress countries could make together, within the European Union, and said that while some countries might advance more quickly independently, "together, all will certainly go further!" The Pope criticised countries' efforts to expand access to or legalise abortion, saying that the West was often guilty of ambiguity in areas of human rights.
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