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Report: Pope Benedict XVI urges an end to all wars

July 22, 2007

From AP/The Jerusalem Post:

Pope Benedict XVI said Sunday that wars were “useless slaughters” that brought hell to Earth, his latest in a string of peace appeals issued this year.

Benedict called for an end to all wars in this small mountain town in Italy’s Veneto region, where he has been vacationing. He recalled that 90 years ago – on Aug. 1, 1917 – his predecessor Pope Benedict XV urged a similar end to the first World War, then ravaging this part of northern Italy.

“While this inhuman conflict raged, the pope had the courage to affirm that it was a ‘useless slaughter,”‘ Benedict said. “These words – ‘useless slaughter’ – contained a fuller prophetic value that can be applied to so many other conflicts that have cut off countless human lives.”

From News24:

Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday urged the world to eschew wars, saying they went “against God’s design” for the human race.

“War with its pain, destruction … is rightly considered as a calamity which goes against God’s design … for one human family,” the pontiff said at an angelus, a devotion in memory of the incarnation in Christianity, at the village of Lorenzago di Cadore in northern Italy.

He spoke of the “unacceptability of futile massacres,” and called for people to “tenaciously follow the right path and firmly reject any recourse to arms.”

“If men live in peace with God and between themselves, Earth will become paradise,” he said.

“But humans succumb to evil temptations and make war on each other.”

Some 6 000 people attended the angelus at the village, which has a population of about 600.

See also:
Asia News: Pope: an end to “senseless slaughter”, God wants peace in the world

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