Egypt's Court of Cassation upholds death penalty to 3 Muslim Brotherhood leaders    Sudan to complain to Security Council of Ethiopian unilateral measures on GERD    Terror charges laid against accused in Canada Muslim attack    Egypt's Planning Minister reviews parliamentary report on economic, social development draft plan    17th Egyptian-Saudi Joint Committee agrees to develop trade cooperation    Preview: France and Germany in rare early meeting at Euro 2020    Endeavour Mining announces admission to London bourse listing    APO Group, Getty Images make African press releases, images available globally    Luxor's comprehensive health insurance scheme gearing for 1 July launch    Pakistan military: Bomb kills 4 soldiers guarding coal mine    Egypt's parliament approves the country's new 2021/22 budget and socio-economic development plan    7th International Day of Yoga to be celebrated in Cairo    Swiss director Julia Bünter's Fiancées will open 22nd Ismailia Int'l Film Festival    Egypt's stocks finished in mixed notes as benchmark EGX 30 adds 0.47%    Egypt's Qalaa Holdings chairman banned from flying – Reuters    America is back? Experts warn multiple issues threaten to divide NATO    Group-IB uncovers ongoing large-scale scam targeting Middle East, Africa    Italian film 'Mi chiamo Francesco Totti' wins BankGiro Loterij Audience Award at IFFR    24th Shanghai Film Festival marks Communist Party of China centenary    Macron wants to 'move forward' with Turkey ties    With surge in virus, Oman faces shortage of hospital beds: AP report    Global financial institutions commit $80 bln to support Africa's sustainable recovery    Safwa Holding launches S-One in New Capital with EGP 750m in investments    Shoukry heads to Doha for talks on GERD issue    Cairo Court announces 3 decisions in Zamalek apartment case    Egypt development projects in South Sudan serve as role model in Africa: Irrigation minister    Novavax: Large study finds COVID-19 shot about 90% effective    A potential Ahly CAF Champions League final game causes dilemma for Olympic team    Some US allies near Russia are wary of Biden-Putin summit: AP report    The Nile for Peace Initiative calls for reaching a legally-binding agreement over GERD issue    Shoukry accuses Ethiopia of obstructing efforts to reach GERD agreement    Egypt, UNFPA to discuss further support to achieve 2030 agenda    Palestinian-Jordanian The Synaptik and Egyptian Felukah rappers team up in 'Nefsi' single    APO Group enters new exclusive agreement with Getty Images on African press releases and images    Iconic Iraqi poet Saadi Youssef dies at 87 in London    Chile's Sanchez out of Copa America group stage with injury    Defending champions Brazil hosts Copa America    Saudi Arabia limits 2021 Hajj pilgrimage to citizens, residents    France's Benzema eyes national team return    Egypt is on short list of partner countries for U.S. COVID-19 vaccines: embassy    Russia to resume charter flights to Egypt resorts in the coming days    Biden administration to send surplus U.S. COVID-19 vaccines to Egypt, several countries    Russia expects to resume charter flights to Egypt resorts in near future    Egypt's Sisi announces allocation of $500 million for reconstruction in war-wrecked Gaza    On International Museum Day, Egypt opens two new museums at Cairo Airport    Egypt's Ahly is establishing a new stadium, expected to be 'sports complex'    Old Cairo's Al-Fustat will be revamped on Egyptian President's directives    Veteran Egyptian journalist Makram Mohamed Ahmed passes away at 86    







Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.





Pope, in Easter message, backs Syria peace plan
Published in Daily News Egypt on 08 - 04 - 2012

VATICAN CITY: A fatigued-looking Pope Benedict threw his weight behind a United Nations plan to end bloodshed in Syria in his Easter Sunday message, calling for "an immediate commitment" to peace efforts there.
The 84-year-old pope gave a shorter-than-usual blessing from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica after an outdoor Easter Mass attended by more than 100,000 people in a St Peter's Square bedecked with yellow and white flowers.
"May the risen Christ grant hope to the Middle East and enable all the ethnic, cultural and religious groups in that region to work together to advance the common good and respect for human rights," he said.
"Particularly in Syria, may there be an end to bloodshed and an immediate commitment to the path of respect, dialogue and reconciliation, as called for by the international community," he said, speaking to a festive crowd packed into the square and surrounding streets.
There was no official explanation why his twice yearly "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and the world) speech was shorter than in previous years but the pope, who turns 85 on April 16 and has appeared frail recently, looked drawn and tired at Sunday's Mass.
Easter Sunday, the most important day in the Christian liturgical calendar, capped an intense period of recent activity for the pope, including a grueling trip to Mexico and Cuba late last month and five religious services this past week.
As the pope spoke in Rome, Syrian troops pounded opposition areas, activists said, killing 74 civilians in an offensive that has sent thousands of refugees surging into Turkey before next week's UN-backed ceasefire aimed at staunching a year of bloodshed.
A peace plan formulated by UN Arab League envoy Kofi Annan calls for a truce to take effect early on Thursday if government forces begin pulling back from towns 48 hours earlier. Both sides have accused the other of intensifying assaults in the run-up to the truce.
The pope also made an appeal on behalf of civilians fleeing the Syrian conflict, most by fleeing to Turkey.
"May the many refugees from that country who are in need of humanitarian assistance find the acceptance and solidarity capable of relieving their dreadful sufferings," he said.
He also called for "stability and development" in Iraq, urged Israelis and Palestinians to "courageously take up anew the peace process," and condemned recent "savage terrorist attacks" against Christian churches in Nigeria.
While the Mass was in progress, the Vatican announced that the pope will visit Lebanon on Sept. 14-16 to deliver the results of a Vatican synod of bishops on the Middle East in 2010.
At the end of his Easter message, Benedict wished the world a Happy Easter in 65 languages, including Arabic, Hebrew and other languages spoken in the areas in mentioned in his peace appeals
Benedict started Easter celebrations on Saturday night when, at a solemn vigil Mass in St Peter's Basilica, he said technological progress, in the absence of awareness of God and moral values, posed a threat to the world.
"The darkness that poses a real threat to mankind, after all, is the fact that he can see and investigate tangible material things, but cannot see where the world is going or whence it comes, where our own life is going, what is good and what is evil," he said.


Clic here to read the story from its source.