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Pope Tweets Against Syria Strike, Writes Putin, Plans Saturday Vigil

Posted By admin On September 7, 2013 @ 4:54 am In World News | Comments Disabled

Elizabeth Dias
Swampland.time.com [1]
September 7, 2013

Pope Francis [2] has written a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin [3], host of the G-20 summit that President Obama is attending, urging world leaders to oppose a military intervention in Syria.

“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,” the Pope urged. “Rather, let there be a renewed commitment to seek, with courage and determination, a peaceful solution through dialogue and negotiation of the parties, unanimously supported by the international community.”

The move is the latest in a series of efforts by the Holy See to prevent military action in the already civil-war torn region. On Sunday, the Pope declared in his Angelus teaching that Saturday Sept. 7 would be an day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria.

The prayer rally will take place in St. Peter’s Square from 7 p.m. to midnight, on the vigil of the birth of Mary, the Queen of Peace. “Let us ask Mary to help us to respond to violence, to conflict and to war, with the power of dialogue, reconciliation and love,” the Pope asked [4] people around the world. “She is our mother: may she help us to find peace; all of us are her children!”

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[1] Swampland.time.com: http://swampland.time.com/2013/09/05/pope-tweets-against-syria-strike-writes-putin-plans-saturday-vigil/

[2] Pope Francis: http://topics.time.com/pope-francis/

[3] Vladimir Putin: http://topics.time.com/vladimir-putin/

[4] asked: http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/09/01/pope:_angelus_appeal_for_peace_(full_text)/en1-724673.

[5] Church Leaders: Syrian Christians Need Help, Not Military Intervention: http://www.prisonplanet.com/church-leaders-syrian-christians-need-help-not-military-intervention.html

[6] ‘We have our plans’: Vladimir Putin warns US against Syria military action: http://www.prisonplanet.com/we-have-our-plans-vladimir-putin-warns-us-against-syria-military-action.html

[7] EU sides with Russia’s Putin, urges against US ‘military solution’ in Syria: http://www.prisonplanet.com/eu-sides-with-russias-putin-urges-against-us-military-solution-in-syria.html

[8] Intel Sources: Obama Is Stalling On Syria Strike To Make Deals With Putin: http://www.prisonplanet.com/intel-sources-obama-is-stalling-on-syria-strike-to-make-deals-with-putin.html

[9] Pope Benedict warns mankind ‘in darkness’: http://www.prisonplanet.com/pope-benedict-warns-mankind-in-darkness.html

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