Pope Benedict XVI appealed Sunday for an immediate cease-fire in the Middle East, hours after the deadliest attack in nearly three weeks of fighting between Israel and Hezbollah guerrillas.
"In the name of God, I appeal to all those responsible for this spiral of violence, so that they immediately put down their arms on all sides," the pope told pilgrims and tourists at his summer residence in Castel Gandolfo, on the outskirts of Rome. Pausing slightly, he repeated the word "immediately."
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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Only one question remains. Is it too late? Israel has just agreed to stop bombing for 48 hours, so long as Hezbollah stops firing rockets into Israel. If the middle east holds true to its reputation though, this too will fail. Not since Nazi Germany invaded Poland has the world looked so hopeless. Not since Imperial Japan bombed Pearl Harbor has the outcome looked so bleak. I guess all there is left is prayer. But even if all the prayer in the world still produces no peace -- what next? Perhaps its time we start asking ourselves who's side we're on. I have heard some theologians say that God will sometimes send war upon nations as a means of judging and chastising them. If this is so, than we must have all been truly wicked indeed, for this war threatens to be a big one.