» 08/02/2012, 00.00
Media carrying papal message, says nuncio in Damascus
Mgr Mario Zenari highlights the extraordinary nature of state-controlled media broadcasting the pope's words. The country's rulers have come to a dead end and a political solution is urgently needed. A video shows the rebels' ferocity against alleged Assad loyalists.
05/07/2016 13:57:00 VATICAN - SYRIA
For pope, no military solution in Syria is possible, only a national unity government can do
Francis issues a video message in support of Caritas Internationalis’s ‘Syria, peace is possible’ campaign. “While the people suffer, incredible quantities of money are being spent to supply weapons to fighters. And some of the countries supplying these arms are also among those that talk of peace. How can you believe in someone who caresses you with the right hand and strikes you with the left hand?”
10/09/2012 LEBANON - VATICAN
For Caritas Lebanon president, the papal visit is a sign of hope for 100,000 Syrian refugees
Pontiff will visit the country between 14 and 16 September. Lebanese Christians will be witnesses of peace among Muslims divided by hatred between Alawis and Sunnis.
Easter message of Gregory III urges charity, resurrection for peace for all Arabs
In the document, there are prayers offered for peace in the Holy Land, Sudan, Iraq, and all other countries in need of peace, security and work opportunities, to put the brakes on emigration, especially of youth, who are the future of the region and the Church in the Middle East and the rest of the world.
Gregorios III to set up a forum for Syrian Christian intellectuals to promote a society based on Gospel values
In his Easter message for Easter, the Patriarch of the (Melkite Greek Catholic) Church of Antioch renewed his call for a "truce for life" and an end to the war in Syria." Speaking about the pope's upcoming visit to the Holy Land, he extended a hand of welcome to the pontiff, and thanked him for "his prayer for Syria".
Pope calls on young people to be the "first missionaries"online and among people of their age
Benedict XVI's message for the next World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro is centred on the theme "Go and make disciples of all nations". The missionary vocation is topical nowadays, "necessary for our personal journey in faith" even where bearing witness is not possible because of the absence of religious freedom. The pope is grateful "for the great gift of missionaries, who devote themselves completely to proclaiming the Gospel to the ends of the earth."
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