Monday, August 21, 2006

Pope laments length of Mideast conflict

AP via Yahoo! News
Mon Aug 21, 7:59 AM ET

VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI has expressed dismay that the conflict in the Middle East has persisted for so long and lamented a lack of dialogue to bring lasting peace, according to messages released Monday by the Vatican.

The pontiff had made several impassioned pleas for a cease-fire during the recent fighting between Israel and Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon. He made his latest appeal for reconciliation in a message that was read during a Mass on Sunday at a religious gathering in the Italian sea resort of Rimini.


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