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Pope appeals for peace in Africa

Published 27/04/2008

Pope Benedict XVI has called on faithful not to forget the wars ravaging some

African countries.

The Pontiff has also appealed to politician to end fighting in Somalia and Burundi and put a stop to the "endless tragedy" in Darfur.

During his traditional Sunday blessing, the pope expressed "suffering and preoccupation"over news of fresh violence in Africa.

Speaking to a crowd of faithful in St Peter's Square, Benedict deplored the fighting in Somalia, centred in the capital Mogadishu, bloody clashes between government forces and rebels in Burundi .

He appealed to local politicians and the international community to "spare no

effort" to restore peace.

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