AFRICA/LIBYA - “We need to avoid more bloodshed. There are better ways than with violence,” the Apostolic Vicar of Tripoli tells Fides

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Tripoli (Agenzia Fides) - “I pray that there will be no further spilling of blood. I don't believe that it is appropriate to step in with force, because there will be more bloodshed. So declared Bishop Giovanni Innocenzo Martinelli, Apostolic Vicar of Tripoli, in Libya. “I believe that we can find another way out of this situation,” continued the Bishop. “And it is not difficult to find one because in the Bedouin culture there are social structures that assist reconciliation. There may be people that would favour a turn in negotiating. In my humble opinion, it is the only way to surpass the crisis and prevent more bloodshed. There are better ways than with violence.” (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 8/3/2011)