Pope calls on Spaniards to work for Basque peace

6th April 2006, Comments 0 comments

6 April 2006, VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI called on Spaniards to work for peace in the Basque region and all of Spain.

6 April 2006

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI called on Spaniards to work for peace in the Basque region and all of Spain.

The pontiff addressed the situation in Spain following the ceasefire declared two weeks ago by the Basque terrorist group ETA.

Benedict XVI made his call in support of peace in Spain during his regular public audience in St. Peter's Square, which was crowded with thousands of worshippers.

The Pope reminded the faithful that 7 April marked the 500th anniversary of the birth of St. Francis Xavier, who was born near Pamplona, in the Basque region of northern Spain.

"I invite you to pray for the intercession of this saint, to intensify your efforts to consolidate the horizons for peace that appear to be opening in the Basque Country and all of Spain, and to overcome the obstacles that could emerge along this road," the Pope said in Spanish.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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