AFRICA/LIBYA - “The appeal by the Pope is encouragement not to give up on diplomacy,” says the Apostolic Vicar of Tripoli

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Tripoli (Agenzia Fides) - “It is a further boost to diplomacy to not give up strength and to act in a way that keeps the possibility of reconciliation alive. I think the appeal of the Holy Father, whom I offer my heartfelt thanks, is very important, because fighting does not help to create peace,” says Bishop Giovanni Innocenzo Martinelli, Apostolic Vicar of Tripoli, commenting on the appeal launched by Benedict XVI for peace in Côte d'Ivoire and Libya.
“Violence and hatred are always a defeat,” said Benedict XVI at today's General Audience. “With great concern I continue to follow the dramatic events that the dear people of Côte d'Ivoire and Libya are experiencing,” adding that he issues “a new and heartfelt appeal to all parties, that they may begin the work of peace and dialogue and avoid further bloodshed.” (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 6/4/2011)