December 8, 2013
Pope Francis renews anti-war calls
Peace is a good that goes beyond all barriers, it is a good for all manking, the official Twitter account of Pope Franci read today in a new anti-war message amid US preparations for a military strike on Syria.
Under the #prayforpeace hashtag, the head of the Roman Catholic church –who has called for a day of prayer and fasting for the people of Syria to take place this weekend- renewed his demands for a peaceful resolution of the escalating conflict in the Arab world. “Dear youngsters pray with me for world peace,” ex Argentine cardinal Jorge Bergoglio said.
Earlier this week, Francis sent a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin urging world leaders meeting at the St. Petersburg G20 Summit to dismiss the “futile search” for an armed resolution to the so called Syrian crisis and choose instead for “dialogue” and “negotiation.”
Worried about social and humanitarian affairs since the beginning of his papacy, the pontiff met with president of Bolivia Evo Morales at the Vatican to address poverty and inequality in the South American country.
In a 30-meeting audience, Morales confirmed he will be joining Syria’s international day of prayer for September 7 and gave Francis the “Graphic Memory for Bolivian maritime reintegration” book that describes Bolivia’s long-standing demands for negotiations with Chile over the sea access to the Pacific Coast the Andean nation lost in a 19th century war.