Pope Announces Day of Fasting for Peace for Syria
Posted in the Minneapolis Forum
#1 Sep 1, 2013
Source: Associated Press
Pope Francis on Sunday condemned the use of chemical weapons, but he called for a negotiated settlement to the civil war in Syria, and announced he would lead a worldwide day of fasting and prayer for peace there on Sept. 7.
"My heart is deeply wounded by what is happening in Syria and anguished by the dramatic developments" on the horizon, Francis said, in an apparent reference to the U.S. and France considering a military strike to punish the Syrian regime for a chemical weapons attack.
Usually soft-spoken, Francis raised his voice as he declared, "War brings on war! Violence brings on violence."
His admonishment against resorting to arms as a solution recalled the repeated emotional implorations a decade ago by the late Pope John Paul II in a vain attempt to persuade the U.S. administration then led by President George W. Bush not to invade Iraq.
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I hope that our lawmakers will heed the wise words of Pope Francis. The Pope speaks for the sake of not just Syrian Christendom, but for all Syrians and people around the world.
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