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Pope Says Syria, Libya Agreements Raise Hopes of Peace

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    Pope Francis recites the Angelus noon prayer in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015.

    Pope Francis expressed his "eager approval" on Sunday for two agreements reached by the international community aimed at ending the civil war in Syria and forming a national unity government in Libya, NBC New reported.

    "The commitment to form a national unity government, taken on recently by those involved, encourages hope for the future," Francis, who turned 79 on Thursday, told crowds around the Christmas tree in St. Peter's Square.

    The United Nations Security Council veto powers agreed a draft resolution last week to endorse an international roadmap for a peace process in Syria, where almost five years of civil war has killed more than 250,000 people.