Monday, 9 September 2013
Pope Francis Leads Global Prayer Vigil for Syria
During a five-hour evening prayer service for Syria in St. Peter's Square on Sunday, Pope Francis challenged the tens of thousands gathered there to rethink approaches to conflict as the fighting in Syria escalates and as the United States and France contemplate a military strike.
"How many conflicts, how many wars have mocked our history?" He asked the faithful. "Even today we raise our hand against our brother…We have perfected our weapons, our conscience has fallen asleep, and we have sharpened our ideas to justify ourselves as if it were normal we continue to sow destruction, pain, death. Violence and war lead only to death." His words were pointed, and he asked everyone to not add to their brothers' sorrow.
"Can we get out of this spiral of sorrow and death? Can we learn once again to walk and live in the ways of peace?" he continued. "Invoking the help of God under the maternal gaze of the Salus Populi Romani, the Queen of Peace, I say yes it is possible for everyone. From every corner of the world tonight, I would like to hear us cry out: Yes, it is possible for everyone!" The crowd applauded.
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