Pope Remembers Victims of Anti-Personnel Mines

Marks International Day With an Appeal at General Audience

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VATICAN CITY, APRIL 5, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI on Wednesday mentioned the international day to raise awareness about anti-personnel mines, referring to his predecessor's condemnation of the weapons.

After delivering language greetings to the pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square for his general audience, the Holy Father recalled the international day.

He expressed his closeness to victims and their families, and expressed his encouragement to "everyone who works to free humanity from these terrible hidden devices which, as Blessed John Paul II said when the Anti Personnel Mines Convention came into force, prevent mankind from 'walking together on the journey of life without fearing destruction and death.'"