Pope Francis calls for solution to Syria’s civil war

Pope Francis on Sunday called for a solution to the civil war in Syria as he admitted being disturbed by “terrible images” of atrocities in the country.

The pope told people gathered in St. Peter’s Square that Syrian and rebel forces must put down their arms.

He urged the international community to “put all its efforts” toward helping Syria find a solution to the “tragic situation.”

“It is not confrontation that offers hope to resolve problems, but rather the ability to meet and dialogue,” the pontiff said.

“With great suffering and concern I continue to follow the situation in Syria” he said.

“From the bottom of my heart, I would like to express my closeness in prayer and solidarity with all the victims of this conflict, with all those who suffer, especially children,” Pope Francis said.


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