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Pope Calls for Harmonized Efforts to Aid Refugees

Asks Prayer for Syrian Ceasefire

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The Pope today called for decisive negotiations so as to bring about a harmonized response to the refugee crisis.
He made this appeal after praying the midday Angelus with pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square.
“My prayer, and undoubtedly yours as well, always includes the dramatic situation of refugees who flee from wars and other inhuman situations,” he said.
Noting the situation in Greece and in other countries where refugees arrive first, the Pope said a “harmonized response can be effective and equally distribute the weight.”
“For this, it’s necessary to join the negotiations decisively and unreservedly,” he said.


Pope Francis also asked everyone to pray for the ceasefire that began Saturday in Syria, saying the development was hopeful news.
He asked for prayer that this crack in the fighting “might bring relief to the suffering population and open the path to dialogue and the peace that is so desired.”

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