Pope Francis I. Credit: Casa Rosada via Wikimedia Commons.
(JNS.org) During at mass at St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, Pope
Francis I said he was disturbed by the “terrible images these days” coming out
of Syria and he called on the international community to find a solution to a
war of “death and destruction,” Vatican
“With great suffering and concern I
continue to follow the situation in Syria. The increase in violence in a war
between brothers, with the proliferation of massacres and atrocities, that we
all have been able to see in the terrible images of these days, leads me once
again raise my voice that the clatter of arms may cease,” Pope Francis said.
Pope Francis also called on the
international community to do more.
“I appeal to the international community
to be more sensitive to this tragic situation and make every effort to help the
beloved Syrian nation find a solution to a war that sows destruction and death,”
Meanwhile, Archbishop Mario Zenari, who
is the Vatican’s envoy to Syria, said on Monday that Syria was starting its
“descent into hell,” and that he prayed that the international community do
everything possible to prevent the massacres in Syria.
The appeal by Pope Francis comes as the
international community is debating a response to evidence that the Syrian
government used chemical weapons against its people. U.S. President Barack
Obama has said that the use of chemical weapons would cross a “red line” that
could trigger U.S. military action.