Pope Benedict appeals the Iraq war
Pope Benedict XVI issued a strong appeal to end the violence in Iraq Sunday, days after the body of the kidnapped Chaldean Catholic archbishop, Paulos Faraj Rahho, was found near the northern city of Mosul reported Breitbart.com.
The pope issued an appeal for peace and denounced the 5-year-long Iraq war at the end of his Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square, saying it had provoked the complete breakup of Iraqi civilian life, reported the site in article by the Associated Press.
"Enough with the slaughters. Enough with the violence. Enough with the hatred in Iraq!" Benedict was reported to have said.
Benedict praised Raho's loyalty to Christ and called his death an "inhuman act of violence" they reported.
Benedict was reported to have also said Rahho's dedication to the Catholic Church and his death compelled him to "raise a strong and sorrowful cry" to denounce the violence in Iraq spawned by the war that began five years ago this week.
In his homily, Benedict urged the faithful to follow God with the innocence and purity of a child's heart the web sited reported.
"To recognize God, we must abandon the pride that dazzles us, that seeks to push us away from God," he said. To find God, Benedict was repoted to have said, "we must learn to see with a young heart, one which isn't blocked by prejudice and dazzled by interests."