Pope Benedict has condemned the latest bombings in in the Syrian capital Damascus last week, which killed 55 people and injured more than 370. Vatican press office director Fr Federico Lombardi SJ, released the following communique, reports the Independent Catholic News.
"Having witnessed yesterday's attacks which brought carnage to the streets of Damascus, we cannot but express our strong condemnation and the heartfelt closeness of the Holy Father and the Catholic community to the families of the victims.
"These attacks should encourage all sides to boost and strengthen their commitment to implementing the Annan Peace Plan, which has been accepted by all sides in the conflict.
"Yesterday' attacks also show that the situation in Syria requires a firm and joint commitment on the part of the entire international community to implement that plan and, as soon as possible, to send further observers."
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