During his Easter Sunday address to thousands of Catholic faithful, our Pope, Benedict XVI, mentioned the futility of the ongoing war in Iraq. I have provided a news story about the pontiff’s address. Pope Benedict has been a vocal critic of the war since his days as Cardinal. Benedict called into the question the morality of preventative or preemptive war and has caught the ire of many people for that. I’m proud that my Pope, like his predecessor, John Paul II, can speak strongly on the matter in Iraq. All Christians–even Protestants and Orthodox–should be grateful that there are Christian leaders throughout the world who are willing to speak up on this matter so bluntly. God Bless us all this year and thank you Benedict for your words. I only wonder why so-called conservatives such as Sean Hannity and Newt Gingrich or Rush Limbaugh haven’t turned on this guy. The second a celebrity speaks out against the war they’re trashed. What about the leader of the largest Christian body in the world? The thing is, these men are cowards. None could hold a candle to the decency and integrity of Il Papa. On this day of the Resurrection (sp.), I’m proud to call Benedict my Pope.

Pope: ‘Nothing positive’ from Iraq

By FRANCES D’EMILIO, Associated Press Writer1 hour, 30 minutes ago

In an Easter litany of the world’s suffering, Pope Benedict XVI lamented that “nothing positive” is happening in Iraq and decried the unrest in Afghanistan and bloodshed in Africa and Asia.

“How many wounds, how much suffering there is in the world,” the pontiff told tens of thousands gathered Sunday at St. Peter’s Square on what is Christianity’s most joyful feast day.

Benedict, delivering his traditional “Urbi et Orbi” Easter address from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica, read out a long list of troubling current events, saying he was thinking of the “terrorism and kidnapping of people, of the thousand faces of violence which some people attempt to justify in the name of religion, of contempt for life, of the violation of human rights and the exploitation of persons.”

“Afghanistan is marked by growing unrest and instability,” Benedict said. “In the Middle East, besides some signs of hope in the dialogue between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, nothing positive comes from Iraq, torn apart by continual slaughter as the civil population flees.”

He singled out what he called the “catastrophic, and sad to say, underestimated humanitarian situation” in Darfur as well as other African places of suffering, including violence and looting in Congo, fighting in Somalia — which, he said, drove away the prospect of peace — and the “grievous crisis” in Zimbabwe, marked by crackdowns on dissidents, a disastrous economy and severe corruption.

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