POPE FRANCIS MAKES PLEA FOR PEACE IN SYRIA:
DIALOGUE IS THE ONLY PATH WHICH WILL LEAD TO PEACE.
Dear brethren in Christ, it has already been more than four-and-a-half years since the Syrian civil war has started, causing more than 250,000 people dead and 12 million people displaced from their homes.
Let us keep on storming heaven with our daily prayers and sacrifices so that peace would finally prevail in this war-torn country, praying as well for its people who have remained and those who have left so that they may immediately find consolation and help in their present circumstances.
Let us also pray so that the sowers of violence and their leaders undergo an interior conversion so that dialogue, which is the only path which will lead to peace, may resume and put a final halt to this senseless war causing immense suffering among many people.
Jesus, King of Peace, through Our Mother Mary, Queen of Peace, have mercy on your people.
Fr. Rolly A., priest of Opus Dei.
ZENIT.ORG (May 1, 2016) Pope Francis today made another plea for peace in Syria, urging all parties involved in the conflict to strengthen dialogue, which he said is the only path to peace.
The Pope spoke about the war-torn country today after praying the midday Regina Caeli with those gathered in St. Peter’s Square.
“I have heard with great sorrow the dramatic news coming from Syria,” he said, “about the spiral of violence that continues aggravating the already desperate humanitarian situation of that country, particularly in the city of Aleppo, and causing innocent victims, even among children, the ill and those who with great sacrifice are trying to help their neighbor.”
“I exhort everyone involved in the conflict to respect the ceasefire and to strengthen the ongoing dialogue, which is the only path that will lead to peace,” the Pope added.