LORENZAGO DI CADORE, Italy (CNS) -- Pope Benedict XVI called for an end to the "useless slaughter" of war and asked that "the rule of law" replace the recourse to weapons. When people succumb "to the temptations of evil" and launch violent conflicts and wars, "this stupendous garden that is the world" is opened up to hell, he said. The pope made his appeal for peace July 22 before reciting the noonday Angelus prayer with thousands of pilgrims gathered in the main square of this northeastern Italian town nestled in the Dolomite Alps, where the pope is spending his July 9-27 vacation. The peace and tranquillity of this Alpine region has sharpened "the painful impact of the news I receive about the bloody conflicts and violent events happening in many parts of the world," he said. "The beauty of nature reminds us that we were told by God to cultivate and care for this garden that is the earth. If humanity lived in peace with God and each other, the earth would really look like a paradise," he said.