Pope renews call for Middle East cease-fire

Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday renewed his appeal for an immediate cease-fire in the fighting between Israel and Hizbullah in Lebanon and encouraged all sides to start negotiations. Benedict issued his latest plea as he greeted pilgrims at his Alpine vacation retreat on a day which he had dedicated to prayers for peace in the Middle East. He reiterated his recent statements in support of Lebanese sovereignty and of Israel's right to live in peace.