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Syria: Pope Francis Prays for Bombing Victims

‘Nothing can justify the use of such instruments of extermination against defenseless people and populations.’

 Pope Francis decried the bombing deaths in Syria, reported in the past 24 hours.  According to news reports, as many as 40 civilians were killed.

His comments came after praying the Regina Caeli in St. Peter’s Square after Mass on April 8, 2018.

His comments:

Terrible news reaches us from Syria of bombings with tens of victims, many of whom are women and children. News of so many people stricken by the effects of chemical substances contained in the bombs. Let us pray for all the deceased, for the wounded, for the families that suffer.

There isn’t a good or bad war and nothing — nothing can justify the use of such instruments of extermination against defenseless people and populations. Let us pray that the political and military men responsible may choose another way, that of negotiation, the only one that can lead to a peace that’s not that of death and of destruction.

[Original Text: Italian]  [ZENIT’s translation by Virginia M. Forrester]

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