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Pope calls for peace in Libya and Syria

Benedict XVI "Once again, I ask for negotiation and dialogue to prevail over violence with the help of international agencies that are working to resolve this crisis." The Pope also called for peace in Syria. He specifically asked for officials and citizens to "spare no effort in seeking the common good." Benedict XVI "My thoughts also go to Syria, where it is urgent to restore a coexistence of harmony and unity. I pray for the bloodshed to end in this country." The pope talked about World Day of Prayer for Vocations, by asking that Catholics pray for bishops and priests. He made reference to Pope John Paul II as well as two other exemplary priests who were recently beatified. They include, Father Georg Hafner, who died in the Dachau concentration camp and Father Giustino Maria Russolillo, founder of the Vocationist Fathers. Benedict XVI “In my message for this day, I emphasized that a vocation is followed when we leave behind ?our will? and our idea of self realization, by instead ; immersing ourselves in another will, God?s will. We should let ourselves be guided by it.”Benedict XVI stressed that mankind is still in need of God, especially in today?s technological age. BR/KLH CTV-BN