(10 Mar 10 - RV) At the end of his General Audience this Wednesday Pope Benedict XVI
launched an urgent appeal for calm in Nigeria.
an estimated 500 civilians, many of them women and children, were massacred in the
latest reprisal attack in an ongoing tribal conflict that is devastating the central
On Wednesday Pope Benedict said: “My condolences go ..to
the victims of the violence and bloodshed in Nigeria that did not spare even defenceless
children. Once again I repeat with a heavy heart that violence does not solve conflicts,
but only increases it's tragic consequences. I appeal to those in the country who
have civilian and religious authority, to strive for security and the peaceful coexistence
of all people. Finally I also express my closeness to the pastors and faithful and
I pray that Nigerians, strong and firm in hope, be authentic witnesses of reconciliation.
The Pope also spoke of those affected by a recent earthquake in Turkey offering
his prayer for the victims and their families. The Holy Father concluded by appealing
to the international community to contribute promptly and generously to relief efforts