Pope Francisco lead the “Day of fast and prayer for the peace in Syria”
Italy, September 7, 2013
Today, Pope Francisco called a “Day of Fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, in the Middle East and the World.” In this way, he stood in the center of events and undertook a crusade to prevent the worsening of the war in Syria.
“Violence and war have lead only to death. War is not the path to peace,” said Francisco.
“At this point I wonder, is it possible to walk the path of peace? Can we get out of this spiral of pain and death? Yes, it is possible for all,” noted Francisco. “War is always a defeat for humanity,” he added.
He also ordered a fast, which has a religious sense but also is a traditional mode of secular protest. Almost all Italian politicians expressed their commitment, like trade unions and representatives of Jewish and Islamic communities.
From Syria itself, came a letter from the Grand Mufti of Damascus, Ahmad Badreddin Hassou, spiritual leader of Sunni Islam, expressing gratitude for this call and desire to get to Rome to be with Francisco.
In Latin America, the presidents of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, and Bolivia, Evo Morales, announced his accession to the papal initiative, while Argentina’s president, Cristina Kirchner, cited Francisco to express their opposition to armed intervention in Syria, during the G20 Summit.