Pope Benedict XVI has called for a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip, warning of "damage and suffering for the civilian population", while controversy has broken out over a Vatican cardinal's remarks comparing Gaza to a concentration camp.
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"Military options are no solution and violence, wherever it comes from and whatever form it takes, must be firmly condemned," Pope Benedict said on 8 January at the Vatican as he engaged in his yearly address to diplomats accredited to the Holy See.