Pope: 'Nothing positive' happening in Iraq

A global survey of disasters
Speaking from St. Peter’s Basilica on Easter Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI offered a global survey of natural and human-made disasters, including military conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, and called on Christians to be “apostles of peace.”

A day earlier, the Vatican confirmed that the pope had personally intervened with a letter to Iran on behalf of 15 captured British military personnel before their release.

In a traditional Easter message, the pope deplored a range of “natural calamities and human tragedies.” Among a dozen crises, the pope spoke in detail about “violence and looting” in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, upcoming elections in East Timor, and the need for a “negotiated solution” to civil war in Sri Lanka.


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