Pope Francis has made an impassioned plea, condemning the violence in Syria and calling on the international community to find a solution.
Toward the conclusion of the address he gave after praying the noonday Angelus, the Pontiff told those in St. Peter’s Square he follows “with deep concern the dramatic fate of civilian populations involved in heavy fighting in Syria and forced to leave everything behind to escape the horrors of war.”
The Pope expressed his hope that they are provided the necessary help to ensure their survival and dignity.
“I appeal to the international community to not save any effort to urgently bring to the negotiating table, the parties,” he continued, stressing, “Only a political solution of the conflict will be able to guarantee a future of reconciliation and peace in that beloved and martyred country, for which I invite you to pray.”
The Holy Father then invited all faithful in the Square to join him in praying a Hail Mary for the war-torn nation.
Renewed Commitment to Defend Life
The Holy Father pointed out that today, in Italy, the Day for Life is celebrated and noted that he joins his fellow bishops in wishing “for a renewed commitment in favor of human life from conception to its natural end” on the part of various educational and social institutions.
“Our society must be helped to heal from all attacks on life, daring an inner change, which is shown by the works of mercy,” he said, adding how he encourages all those “who are committed to witnessing the culture of life.”
Must Vanquish Unbearable Shame
Also mentioning that tomorrow is the Day of Prayer and Reflection Against Trafficking of Persons, he said this offers everyone “the opportunity to help the new slaves today to break the heavy chains of exploitation, to regain their freedom and dignity.”
Stressing how he thinks of how many men, women, and children this tragedy affects, he said, “We must make every effort to vanquish this crime, and this unbearable shame.”
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