Vatican City: December 28, 2008. With a second straight day of violence in the Gaza Strip, Pope Benedict XVI joined many from the world community, sounding off on the conflict.
He gave his strong opinion on the violence, asking the international community to join in trying to help the Israelis and Palestinians reach a peaceful end.
Pope Benedict XVI issued this statement from the Vatican:
"I implore the end of this violence, which is to be condemned in every way in all its manifestations. I implore the re-establishment of the ceasefire in the Gaza strip. I ask for a strong sign of humanity and wisdom from all those who have responsibilities at all levels in that situation. I ask the international community to try every possible way to help Israelis and Palestinians to come out from the dead-end street and to not give up."