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Pope: Abandon "Futile" Military Solution in Syria

Posted on 09/05/2013 5:08:43 PM PDT by kronos77

VATICAN CITY September 5, 2013 (AP) By NICOLE WINFIELD Associated Press

Pope Francis urged the Group of 20 leaders on Thursday to abandon the "futile pursuit" of a military solution in Syria as the Vatican laid out its case for a negotiated settlement that guarantees rights for all Syrians, including minority Christians.

In a letter to the G-20 host, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Francis lamented that "one-sided interests" had prevailed in Syria, preventing a diplomatic end to the conflict and allowing the continued "senseless massacre" of innocents.

"To the leaders present, to each and every one, I make a heartfelt appeal for them to help find ways to overcome the conflicting positions and to lay aside the futile pursuit of a military solution," Francis wrote as the G-20 meeting got under way in St. Petersburg.

Francis has ratcheted up his call for peace in Syria amid threatened U.S.-led military strikes following an Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack near Damascus. But he has also been careful not to lay blame on any one side, exhorting world leaders instead to focus on the plight of Syrian civilians and the need to end the violence.

Francis will host a peace vigil in St. Peter's Square on Saturday, a test of whether his immense popular appeal will translate into popular support for his peace message. It's the first time any such peace rally has been held at the Vatican, though Holy See officials have stressed it's a religious event, not a political protest.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: obama; popefrancis; romancatholicism; russia; syria; vatican

1 posted on 09/05/2013 5:08:43 PM PDT by kronos77
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To: kronos77

Thank-you your holiness and God Bless.

2 posted on 09/05/2013 5:14:03 PM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: kronos77

Russians against, pope against, American people against, numerous rats against, our own allies against.

Wow, Obama has such a NUANCED foreign policy.

Gosh, we’re so much more ADMIRED now, aren’t we.


3 posted on 09/05/2013 5:21:59 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: kronos77

Putin + The Pope v. Obama and Team

That’s an easy choice.

4 posted on 09/05/2013 6:00:43 PM PDT by lafarge
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To: gaijin

Obama really is ineffective, assuming that he is trying to do something positive and beneficial for the US. But the problem is that he couples this apparent ineffectiveness with personal ruthlessness and a vicious ideology of hating the United States and the West - and by those standards, maybe he’s not that ineffectual after all.

5 posted on 09/05/2013 6:32:32 PM PDT by livius
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Prayer for Peace in Syria


God of Compassion,
Hear the cries of the people of Syria,
Bring healing to those suffering from the violence,
Bring comfort to those mourning the dead,
Strengthen Syria’s neighbors in their care and welcome for refugees,
Convert the hearts of those who have taken up arms,
And protect those committed to peace.

God of Hope,
Inspire leaders to choose peace over violence and to seek reconciliation with enemies,
Inspire the Church around the world with compassion for the people of Syria,
And give us hope for a future of peace built on justice for all.

We ask this through Jesus Christ,
Prince of Peace and Light of the World,

Petition: For the people of Syria, that God may strengthen the resolve of leaders to end the fighting and choose a future of peace.

6 posted on 09/05/2013 6:46:30 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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