“War, never again”: Pope Francis calls for peace in Syria

Pope Francis smiles as he arrives for a private visit at the Saint Agostino church in Rome August 28, 2013. REUTERS/Max Rossi

Pope Francis smiles as he arrives for a private visit at the Saint Agostino church in Rome August 28, 2013.

Pope Francis on Sunday urged the international community to seek a negotiated solution to the conflict in Syria and announced he would lead a worldwide day of prayer for peace in the country on September 7.

Francis condemned the use of chemical weapons, blamed by Western powers on Syrian government forces, but added: “war, never again”. The United States and France are considering military action against Damascus in response to the chemical attack.

The pope asked the 1.2 billion Roman Catholics around the world to pray for peace in Syria on September 7 and said he would lead a special service at the Vatican.

He invited other Christians, members of other religions and all “people of good will” to join the Catholic initiative on September 7 in any way they saw fit.

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Comments (3)

  1. Fasting and prayer to which 'god'? since Jorge Bergoglio and the Roman church of universal values believes in the freedom of all religions….since he believes that it is RIGHT (a right) to be free to worship any 'god'.
    BUT Christ, Son of the Only God, said that one is to worship the One Lord Creator and Him Alone to serve.
    Soon, Christ will rule as the One King according to the Will of One God and NOT according to man's "freedom will", the freedom which President Obama has confessed to be the 'Light' and the will of his god and the god of all "religions", the "god of fortresses".

  2. Enough of bloodshed on the face of the earth.

  3. I love u Holy Father,we pray for the end of war in Syria

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