Mercoledì, 19 Settembre 2018

Pope reiterates call for peace in Syria


Rome, September 4 - Pope Francis renewed his call
for peace in Syria on Wednesday, ahead of the day of fasting and
prayer he will lead on Saturday, with the US looking close to
military intervention.
The Grand Mufti of Syria, Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun, and
Rome's Jewish community have also said they will take part in
Saturday's initiative, making it an inter-religious peace vigil.
''This coming Saturday we will live together a special day
of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, the Middle East, and
throughout the world,'' the pope said in his general audience on
''Even now I express gratitude to the other Christian
brethren, to the brethren of other religions and to the men and
women of good will who desire to join in this initiative, in
places and ways of their own,'' the pope continued, urging the
Roman faithful and pilgrims to join a prayer vigil in St.
Peter's Square at 19:00 on Saturday.
''May a powerful cry for peace go up from every land!'' the
pope declared.
The Grand Mufti of Syria Ahmad Badreddin Hassou wrote a
letter to Pope Francis saying he would attend the vigil in Saint
Peter's Square - if possible - or pray and fast on Saturday in
the Damascus mosque in solidarity.
The mufti also proposed an inter-religious summit at the
Rome's chief rabbi Riccardo Di Segni announced that the
city's Jewish community will be joining Saturday's prayer and
fasting, which comes after the three days of Rosh Hashanah, or
the new year, which began Wednesday.
US ex-secretary of state Hillary Clinton on Wednesday threw
her weight behind US President Barack Obama, who is seeking
rapid approval from Congress to strike Syria, after apparent
poison gas attacks killed hundreds and hospitalized thousands in
late August.
The US maintains the deaths and injuries of civilians were
caused by chemical weapons fired by Syrian President Bashar
Assad's military forces.
US military intervention in Syria is also supported by
Obama's political opposition leader, Republican House Speaker
John Boehner.

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