Pope offers prayers for Middle East summit
Pope Benedict XVI today offered prayers for this week's Middle East summit at Annapolis, saying he hoped the participants would find the "wisdom and courage" needed to bring peace to the Holy Land.
He said he hoped the meeting would relaunch negotiations "to find a just and definitive solution to the conflict which for 60 years has bloodied the Holy Land and provoked so many tears and suffering among two peoples".
Pope Benedict was speaking at a ceremony at St Peter's at which he gave 23 new cardinals their rings of office and urged them to work for "peace and unity", a day after he had given the new 'Princes of the Church' their red hats. The Pope last held a consistory to create new cardinals in March last year, when he installed fifteen.
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