Pope Benedict XVI issued an urgent appeal yesterday, for military and political leaders to consider the safety of civilians during the attack on Libya.
Speaking to pilgrims in St Peter's Square during his traditional Sunday blessing, he appealed "to those who have the political and military responsibility to take to heart the safety and security of citizens and guarantee that they have access to humanitarian aid."
Pope Benedict said the outbreak of hostilities had sparked "great fear and alarm in me" and said he was praying for peace in the region.
Two weeks ago, the Holy Father voiced concern about the humanitarian crisis caused by the fighting between Gaddafi's troops and the rebels.
Source: Vatican Radio