Peace still elusive in Africa – pope

2012-01-09 14:09

Vatican City - Pope Benedict XVI on Monday said peace and reconciliation in Africa remained a "distant" goal, pointing to anti-Christian attacks in northern Nigeria that have killed dozens of people in recent days.

"On the continent of Africa ... it is essential that co-operation between Christian communities and governments favour progress along the path of justice, peace and reconciliation, where respect is shown for members of all ethnic groups and all religions," the pope said in a speech at the Vatican.

"It is painful to realise that in different countries of the continent this goal remains distant," the 84-year-old pontiff told 160 ambassadors to the Holy See.

"I think in particular of the renewed outbreak of violence in Nigeria ... the aftermath of the civil war in Cote d’Ivoire, the continuing instability in the Great Lakes region and the humanitarian emergency in the countries of the Horn of Africa," he said.

"I once again appeal to the international community to make every effort to find a solution to the crisis which has gone on for years in Somalia," added the pope, who visited the west African state of Benin in November.

Benedict also hailed South Sudan's independence last year but said that this had been followed by "tensions and clashes" in recent months.

"I express my hope that all may unite their efforts to enable the people of Sudan and South Sudan to experience at last a period of peace, freedom and development," he said.

  • Anthony - 2012-01-09 14:55

    welcome to AFRICA

  • EyesEars - 2012-01-09 15:09

    In all honesty, the Pope and all it's followers must sweep in front of their own doors and ask themselves the question, who started it in the first place, way back.

      Anthony - 2012-01-09 15:15

      how far back do you want to go?

      goyougoodthing - 2012-01-09 16:05

      Ant we can try 1095 when the Pope and his mates organised the first Crusade to take out the Saracens (Moslems) who were going about their own business in the middle east at the time. Perhaps colonisation by the Catholics from Spain, Portugal, England, France over the past 500 years?

      Trevor Lovell - 2012-01-09 19:53

      Really, are we still harking back to the crusades and the reformation. You sound as bad as our politicians playing the race card or blaming apartheid for every bedsore they pick up.

      Vince.York - 2012-01-10 12:54

      I'd reckon it's many false claimants and imposters of Christianity that probably never got past paragraph 1 of the following link of concepts and codes of life that you are referring to:- Once you have reached the end and comprehensively understand it all, without a brushoff of "hocus pocus poo-hooing", then it might be possible to avoid the pitfall trap of utterances about Christians the like of which a near pagan J. Zuma recently came out with when bashing them about old age persons and orphans so insultingly.

  • Gerry - 2012-01-09 15:56

    Talk about the pot calling the kettle black!?? In the name of (Catholic) Christianity, how many people have died?

      goyougoodthing - 2012-01-09 16:21

      Catholics are not Christians. They worship false idols, (saints), believe these self-same dead people can be resurrected (in part they are DEAD) to answer their prayers which is witchy and magical, do not believe that Jesus is the big deal but that Mary is more important. They believe that through repentance and not through Jesus they can go to heaven. I'm not a Christian nor religious at all, just thought I would point this out.

      Trevor Lovell - 2012-01-09 19:50

      @goyougoodthing. Get your facts straight. Your pronunciations on the catholic faith are about as knowledgeable as me telling you what your family does for a living and where you eat, work and spend your leisure time. I'd have no clue about that information. The arrogance of it. Laughable.

      Trevor Lovell - 2012-01-09 22:13

      @atheitis. Show me the proof that condoms have reduced the infection rates. Unless everyone uses a condom every time they have sex, condoms are almost useless. I see people in my line of work each day who supposedly practice safe sex, yet our hospital's statistics show increased sti's and increased HIV infection. When patients are asked if they use condoms, I can safely say that 100% say yes followed with: "but not all the time.

      Trevor - 2012-01-10 08:06

      @Atheitis There is a difference between banning something and disagreeing about it's effectivity and use. What the Pope has been saying is that the use of condoms are not contributing effectively enough in kerning the spread of HIV and other STI's. We need to look at alternate methods like lifelong stable partnerships. Can you honestly tell me that even the most sexually responsible person carries a permanent condom in their back pocket? South Africa distributes the highest number of condoms and ARVs in the world and yet KZN still has an infection rate that is on the rise.

  • John - 2012-01-09 16:11

    Africa has 52 plus countries sir, just because there were riots in the UK last year it does not mean that the same riots were in Germany so why point out an issue in Nigeria as an African issue....shame on you....why do you not start by returning the millions that the Vatican stole....?

  • peterjohnjnb - 2012-01-27 14:24

    Anti Christian attacks......yeah, get the hint....

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