.- Yesterday afternoon when he had finished reciting the Angelus, Pope Benedict said that he hoped that a peaceful solution can be found to the confrontation between the military-backed government and the population which is protesting for democracy.
"I am following the grave events of these days in Myanmar with great concern," he said, "and I wish to express my spiritual closeness to that dear people at this moment of painful trial. As I give assurances of my solidarity and intense prayer and invite the entire Church to do the same, it is my heartfelt hope that a peaceful solution be found, for the good of the nation.â
The Holy Father also encouraged dialogue between North Korea and South Korea as a way to bring stability and peace to the entire region.
Addressing the faithful gathered to recite the Angelus with him he said, "I also entrust to your prayers the situation on the Korean peninsula where a number of important developments in dialogue between the two Koreas are giving rise to hope that the current efforts towards reconciliation may be consolidated, to the advantage of the Korean people and to the benefit of stability and peace in the entire region."