At his Angelus address on September 1, Pope Francis called for an end to the violence in Syria and announced that Saturday, September 7 will be a day of prayer and fasting for peace. Pope Francis said:
“Violence never brings peace: war brings war, violence leads to more violence.”
He said that there are many conflicts throughout the world that bring him great concern, but following the recent use of chemical weapons in Syria, the pope said, “I tell you that those terrible images from recent days are burned into my mind and heart.”
“On 7 September, in Saint Peter’s Square, here, from 19:00 until 24:00, we will gather in prayer and in a spirit of penance, invoking God’s great gift of peace upon the beloved nation of Syria and upon each situation of conflict and violence around the world. Humanity needs to see these gestures of peace and to hear words of hope and peace! I ask all the local churches, in addition to fasting, that they gather to pray for this intention.”
Read Pope Francis’ full statement.
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