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 Pope: End war

[b]Pope: End war[/b]

LORENZAGO DI CADORE, Italy (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI called Sunday for an end to all wars, saying they were "useless slaughters" that bring hell to paradise on Earth.

Benedict made the appeal in this small mountain town in Italy's Veneto region while on vacation. He recalled that 90 years ago — on Aug. 1, 1917 — predecessor Pope Benedict XV urged a similar end to the first World War, then ravaging this part of northern Italy.

"While this inhuman conflict raged, the pope had the courage to affirm that it was a 'useless slaughter,'" Benedict said. "These words — 'useless slaughter' — contained a fuller prophetic value that can be applied to so many other conflicts that have cut off countless human lives." ...

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