Call for a Christmas Ceasefire in Afghanistan

British and German troops fraternize during 1914 Christmas Truce.

In December 1914, Pope Benedict XV called for a "Christmas Truce" in the First World War. Leaders on all sides were forced to respond to the Pope's call. No formal truce was agreed, but across the trenches of the Western Front many soldiers on all sides observed the Christmas truce the Pope had called for.

Today the war in Afghanistan continues killing Americans and Afghans for no reason. If Pope Benedict XVI - the current Pope - called on Western leaders to announce an offensive ceasefire in Afghanistan for the Christmas holiday, Western leaders would have to respond. If we could stop the war for one day, it would set an important precedent, making it easier to achieve a lasting ceasefire and an end to the war.

Pope Benedict XVI has just inaugurated the use of a Twitter account. The Pope already has a million followers on Twitter, and the fact that he is now on Twitter is in the news. Sign and tweet our petition, and people around the world will see your appeal for the Pope to call for a Christmas ceasefire.

We urge the Pope to call on Western leaders to announce a ceasefire in Afghanistan.
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    Number Date Name Location Add your comment here:
    1761 Wed May 21 16:36:42 EDT 2014 Eusebio Manuel Vestias pecurto vestias , United States
    1760 Sat Aug 24 03:21:30 EDT 2013 Krista Caudill , US
    1759 Tue Feb 12 15:54:07 EST 2013 Donna McKee , US As your final act before retiring as pope and spiritual leader of the Roman Catholic Church, I implore you to call for an 'Easter Truce', a cessation of all war and hostilities on this day, not only in More....
    1758 Sun Feb 03 15:29:47 EST 2013 Miriam Woodhead , United States Jesus turn water into wine.
    1757 Sat Jan 12 11:35:16 EST 2013 Christine Hoovler , United States
    1756 Wed Jan 09 19:43:28 EST 2013 John Sodrel , United States
    1755 Wed Jan 09 13:28:32 EST 2013 Mauricio Carvajal , Chile
    1754 Tue Jan 08 09:09:25 EST 2013 Daniel Belachew , United States
    1753 Sun Jan 06 15:06:53 EST 2013 J.W. VanLeenhoff , NL
    1752 Sat Jan 05 14:19:26 EST 2013 Jan-Paul Alon , United States
    1751 Sat Jan 05 08:20:39 EST 2013 Catherine Moore , AU
    1750 Tue Jan 01 19:07:39 EST 2013 Jean Naples , United States
    1749 Sun Dec 30 13:10:51 EST 2012 William Dearstyne , United States
    1748 Sat Dec 29 17:12:25 EST 2012 Tatiana Torres , CO
    1747 Thu Dec 27 21:13:53 EST 2012 Rose Leather , United States
    1746 Wed Dec 26 16:22:13 EST 2012 John Berman , United States
    1745 Wed Dec 26 11:46:29 EST 2012 Arham Aziz PK
    1744 Wed Dec 26 10:38:17 EST 2012 Patrick Brossa , US Dear Pope. Speak for the Prince of Peace. Show what your church stands for!
    1743 Wed Dec 26 04:26:31 EST 2012 Robt Simmons , United States
    1742 Tue Dec 25 23:57:23 EST 2012 Robert Weingart , United States
    1741 Tue Dec 25 16:02:41 EST 2012 Ruth Yehle , United States
    1740 Tue Dec 25 13:35:00 EST 2012 Rick Macias , United States
    1739 Tue Dec 25 13:14:49 EST 2012 Danielle Greene , US
    1738 Tue Dec 25 12:01:39 EST 2012 Brian Ranum , United States
    1737 Tue Dec 25 11:47:26 EST 2012 Barbara Campbell , US
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