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Pray for End to War in Syria

posted May 31, 2013, 3:57 AM by Bohernabreena Parish Administrator   [ updated May 31, 2013, 3:57 AM ]

Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Holy See’s Permanent Observer to the UN in Geneva, has described Syria’s armed conflict as a national tragedy that risks intensifying regional and global conflicts and could melt down the entire country. A million and half persons have been forced to flee abroad as refugees; more than four million people have lost their homes; and civilians have been targeted by warring parties in total disregard of humanitarian law. This enormous national tragedy risks to intensify regional and global conflicts, to transform ambitions for political power into ethnic and religious fundamentalist confrontations, to melt down the entire country.

The way forward is not by a military intensification of the armed conflict but by dialogue and reconciliation,  if the political will is there to sustain it. An immediate ceasefire will stop the bloodshed, a useless and destructive tragedy that mortgages the future of Syria and the Middle East. As Pope Francis said: “How much blood has been shed! And how much suffering must there still be before a political solution to the crisis will be found?