Pope seeks end to bloodshed in Libya, Ivory Coast

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Posted: Apr 06, 2011 6:49 AM
Pope seeks end to bloodshed in Libya, Ivory Coast

Pope Benedict XVI has appealed for an end to the fighting in Libya and the Ivory Coast.

Speaking at his public audience Wednesday, Benedict said "violence and hatred are always a defeat" and that he encourages a process of pacification and dialogue.

He said he was praying for the victims and feels "near to all those who are suffering."

The pope also said that a special envoy he sent to the Ivory Coast to encourage a peaceful solution, Cardinal Peter Kodwo Turkson, has been blocked from entering the country.