Pope Francis on February 25, 2018, called for an immediate end to the violence in Syria, especially where the war has intensified in eastern Ghouta.
His appeal came after praying the Sunday Angelus with crowds of the faithful in St. Peter’s Square. He noted that February has been one of the most violent in the seven years of the conflict.
“In these days my thought often goes to beloved and martyred Syria, where the war has intensified, especially in eastern Ghouta,” the Holy Father lamented. “This month of February has been one of the most violent in seven years of conflict: hundreds, thousands of civilian victims, children, women and elderly.
“Hospitals have been hit; people can’t procure for themselves something to eat . . . Brothers and sisters, all this is inhuman. Evil can’t be combated with another evil, and war is an evil. Therefore, I make my heartfelt appeal for violence to cease immediately, for access to be given to humanitarian aid – food and medicine – and for the wounded and sick to be evacuated. Let us pray together to God for this to happen immediately.”