Sunday, September 20, 2009

Pope remembers those who died in Afghanistan, encourages solidarity among nations

» 09/20/2009 14:55

In today’s Angelus, Benedict XVI urges everyone to pray for fallen soldiers from Italy and other nations stationed in the country. He stresses the value of opposing violence and favouring justice. He warns people with responsibilities in religious and civilian communities to seek true knowledge by rejecting lies.

Castel Gandolfo (AsiaNews) – In today’s Angelus Benedict XVI urged everyone to pray for those, military or civilian, who lost their lives in Afghanistan. The recent death in that country of six Italian soldiers led the Pope to again “encourage the promotion of solidarity among nations in opposition to the logic of violence and death, favour justice, reconciliation and peace, and support the development of peoples through love and mutual understanding.”

“Tragic news of military as well as civilians victims come almost on a daily basis from many places of conflict in the world,” he said. “We can never get used to such facts; they arouse in us profound disapproval, not to mention sow confusion in societies that care about peace and civilised coexistence.”

“Recently, news about a major attack in Afghanistan against Italian soldiers has caused deep sorrow. I join in prayer the suffering of family members and civilian and military communities. In addition, with the same sentiments of participation, my thoughts go to the other international contingents who recently lost members as well; they work to promote peace and build institutions that are so necessary to enable humans to live together. To all I say I shall remember them before the Lord, with a special thought for the dear civilian populations. I urge one and all to raise their prayer to God on behalf of everyone.”

Before the Marian prayer, Benedict XVI urged the 4,000 people who had gathered inside the inner courtyard of the Apostolic Palace in Castel Gandolfo to seek true knowledge, which means rejecting lies and the “violence of intentions” which are so widespread in today’s society. Such a principle “applies to everyone, first of all, to those who are called to promote and ‘weave’ together peace among religious communities and civilians; in social and political relationships; in international relations.”

See also from CNA, "Promoters of peace must contemplate true wisdom, instructs Holy Father."

And from
YouTube-Vatican's Channel:

True wisdom, defends against falsehood and selfishness
September 20, 2009


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