Pope chides world powers for failing to push for peace in Syria

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Pope Francis delivers his blessing while praying at a statue of Mary overlooking the Spanish Steps in Rome on Dec. 8, 2014, during the feast of the Immaculate Conception. Photo by Paul Haring, courtesy of Catholic News Service

Pope Francis delivers his blessing while praying at a statue of Mary overlooking the Spanish Steps in Rome on Dec. 8, 2014, during the feast of the Immaculate Conception. Photo by Paul Haring, courtesy of Catholic News Service

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis on Friday said the international community has not done enough to find a solution to the Syrian conflict, and said the country’s Christians had been united by “the blood of the martyrs” lost in war.

  • Larry

    Lets be brutally honest, prior to the appearance of ISIS, nobody cared about the plight of Syria. Not even its neighbors cared much except to gloat and breathe a sigh of relief. Syria under Assad was one of the major troublemakers in the region.

    Kudos go out to the Lebanese and Jordanians for taking in refugees from the conflict. Although Turkey also does so, they are hampering efforts to bolster the one party to the conflict which has consistently protected those besides their own and not tried to cut deals with ISIS, the Kurds.

  • JR

    The world powers have really done nothing to end war in Syria, or elsewhere…. proving the UN is the most useless organization on earth. Daily we read of more Muslim aggression, murder of Christians, Muslim destruction of irreplaceable archeological treasures, etc…and it continues unabated. This is how Germany wiggled its way into international treachery under Hitler…the world waited too long to stop him, even knowing the plans he had for Europe and the Jews.

  • Betty Clermont

    The pope’s men are using persecution of Christians as a casus belli.
    May 8: The prelate of Wall Street, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, addressed the conference, “The Islamic State’s Religious Cleansing and the Urgency of a Strategic Response” sponsored by the Hudson Institute. Cheney’s chief of staff, Scooter Libby, is senior vice president. The institute is funded by the usual neocon foundations and boasts the same men who took us to war in Iraq as trustees.
    April 14: Prelate of London (which vies with New York as the world’s top financial center), Cardinal Vincent Nichols , told the BBC “removing the Islamic State (IS) by force ‘has to be achieved’ for peace in Iraq.”
    April 5: The prelate of Washington D.C., Cardinal Donald Wuerl, “spoke about the escalating incidents of violence against Christians in the Middle East and in Africa….The cardinal said he believes, “like Pope Francis, that it is morally allowable to stop an unjust aggressor.”

  • Dr. Cajetan Coelho

    World Powers – they all look quite powerless. We need to keep on praying for their well being and survival.

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