Emotional Francis on Syria: 'War Brings on War!
Says he's 'deeply wounded,' calls for day of fasting
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 1, 2013 7:10 AM CDT
A crowd listens to Pope Francis, seen at the second from right window, reciting the Angelus prayer from his studio window overlooking St.Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013.   (Riccardo De Luca)

(Newser) – Pope Francis abandoned his normal Sunday themes today, and instead spoke emotionally and at length about Syria, calling for a day of fasting and prayer for peace. "My heart is deeply wounded by what is happening in Syria and anguished by the dramatic developments," he said, as per the AP. Later, his voice rising, he urged a peaceful solution, saying, "War brings on war! Violence brings on violence." He's setting aside Saturday as a day for Christians and "men of good will" to fast and pray for the "gift" of peace in Syria. "The world needs to see gestures of peace and hear words of hope and of peace," he said.

"I forcefully condemn the use of chemical weapons," he said, adding that "there is the judgment of God, and also the judgment of history, upon our actions, from which there is no escaping." His comments mirror those of John Paul II, who a decade ago repeatedly implored the US not to invade Iraq.

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Holly Williams
Sep 2, 2013 1:11 AM CDT
I stand with Pope Francis in condemning any attack against Syria as well as condemning the use of chemical weapons. It would be an act of unjust war for us to attack Syria. And besides that, there is always the possibility that Syria could retaliate and make the situation way worse than it is now.
Sep 1, 2013 9:41 PM CDT
Too bad previous Popes didn't feel that way when they instigated the various Crusades to the Middle East that originally stirred up friction between Muslums and Christians. al done for the sake of $$$ and greed.
Sep 1, 2013 4:46 PM CDT
doh hey pope fran do ya think so? doh