Sunday, July 02, 2006

Pope appeals for release of kidnap victims in Holy Land

By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service (

VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI has appealed for the release of kidnap victims in the Holy Land, asking that "every kidnapped person be promptly returned to his loved ones."

During his June 29 Angelus address in St. Peter's Square, the pope said he was anxiously following the latest news coming out of Israel and the Palestinian territories.

He made an appeal that, with the help of the international community, Israeli and Palestinian leaders "responsibly resume a policy of negotiation of the conflict," adding that talks were the only method that could "guarantee the peace their people hope for."


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