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Pope Francis calls for end to “bloodshed” in Libya

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

VATICAN – Pope Francis on Sunday urged world leaders to try again to bring peace to Libya during his traditional Easter Sunday address to the faithful at the Vatican, where some 70,000 were gathered in Saint Peter’s square.

“May conflict and bloodshed cease in Libya, where defenseless people are once more dying in recent weeks,” Francis said.

“I urge the parties involved to choose dialogue over force and to avoid reopening wounds left by a decade of conflicts and political instability.” He added.

The pope noted how Easter, the holiest Christian festival, “makes us keep our eyes fixed on the Middle East, torn by continuing divisions and tensions.”

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