Pope Benedict XVI calls for peace in Iraq

Speech said to be one of his strongest
March 16, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Pope Benedict has opened Holy Week with one of his strongest appeals for peace in Iraq. In his Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square the pope said, "Enough with the slaughters. Enough with the violence. Enough with the hatred in Iraq!"

He urged the Iraqi people to raise their heads and reconstruct their life through "reconciliation, forgiveness, justice and coexistence among tribal, ethnic and religious groups."

Benedict says the recent murder of a kidnapped Catholic archbishop near Mosul compelled him to "raise a strong and sorrowful cry" against the 5-year-long Iraq war.

He is set to preside over a memorial service at the Vatican Monday in honor of the archbishop. Typically, the pope only presides over those services when a cardinal dies.


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