Pope's appeal even 'more pressing' after deadly Syrian blast
Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Addthis

.- Syrian rebels and officials were urged to heed Pope Benedict XVI's call for peace and dialogue, after two suicide bombings killed 55 people in Damascus on May 10.

“The appeal made by the Holy Father on Easter Day is now more pressing than ever,” Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi announced in a May 11 statement. “It is necessary without delay to make an immediate commitment to the path of respect, dialogue and reconciliation.”

“We cannot but express our strong condemnation and the heartfelt closeness of the Holy Father and the Catholic community to the families of the victims,” said the priest and director of the Holy See Press Office, reacting to the explosions that “brought carnage to the streets of Damascus.”

“These attacks should encourage all sides to boost and strengthen their commitment to implementing the Annan Peace Plan, which has been accepted by all sides in the conflict,” Fr. Lombardi stated.

He said the attacks “also show that the situation in Syria requires a firm and joint commitment on the part of the entire international community to implement that plan and, as soon as possible, to send further observers.”

More than 370 people were wounded by the two suicide car bombs, which went off near a military intelligence building on Thursday morning. The first vehicle was detonated on a highway during the capital's morning rush hour, drawing a crowd that was soon struck by the second and larger bomb.

Response within the country followed a now-predictable pattern, with officials of the Assad government  blaming the terrorist groups it says are behind the Syrian uprising. Meanwhile, some opposition figures put blame on the regime, saying it engineered the attacks to discredit them.

U.N. Special Envoy Kofi Annan, tasked with implementing a peace plan for the country, said none of the parties in Syria's year-long conflict would accomplish their goals by terrorizing the other side.

“Any action that serves to escalate tensions and raise the level of violence can only be counter-productive to the interests of all parties,” Annan said in statement released on the day of the bombings.

“These abhorrent acts are unacceptable and the violence in Syria must stop,” Annan declared, saying the Syrian people “have already suffered too much.”

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages


Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google

Featured Videos

Cardinal Luis Tagle to Pope Francis
Cardinal Luis Tagle to Pope Francis
Pope Francis in the Philippines: Manila Welcomes the Pope
Pope Francis in Sri Lanka: Highlights
Pope Francis in Sri Lanka: Interview with Cardinal Ranjith
Pope Francis in SriLanka: Inter-religious Faith Meeting
Little Sisters of the Poor press conference in Denver
Family thrilled to see Pope Francis in Istanbul
Syrian Refugee, Sara, 14, Before Meeting Pope
Ebola orphans thousands of children in West Africa
One year after Haiyan: Philippines rebuilds homes, lives
An Indian contribution to the Vatican's Synod on the Family
Christ Cathedral CNA video Sept 2014
Alejandro Bermudez of CNA accepts ice bucket challenge
'The Real Albania,' remembering those who fled
Pope Francis in Albania, "one of the most important visits of the post-communist era in Albania"
Pope Francis greets paralyzed man who risked all to see him
Franciscans on the banks of the Tiber in Rome, working for the New Evangelization
Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mk 4:1-20


Daily Readings

Saint of the Day

St. Romuald »


Homily of the Day

Mk 4:1-20