18 April, 2014 AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook            

Help AsiaNews | About us | P.I.M.E. | | RssNewsletter





mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato
e-mail this to a friend printable version


» 08/29/2013 14:15
VATICAN - JORDAN
Pope: dialogue and negotiations "only option" to stop the conflict in Syria
Francis receives the King of Jordan. In addition to the "tragic” Syrian situation, the resumption of negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians and the question of Jerusalem also discussed. "Appreciation" for the initiative to convene an Amman conference on the challenges for Christians in the Middle East.

Vatican City ( AsiaNews ) - Dialogue and negotiation , with the support of the international community are " the only option " to end the conflict in Syria, states a communiqué issued by the Holy See following discussions held this morning in the Vatican between King Abdullah II of Jordan and Pope Francis.  The King was also received by Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone together with Mgr . Dominique Mamberti, Secretary for Relations with States.

The Vatican statement spoke of "cordial discussions" with the King of Jordan - who was accompanied by Queen Rania - while not making any express reference to the new winds of war that threaten the Middle East.  It confirms the concern with which not only the Hashemite kingdom - which lives in the line of fire and fears possible involvement - but also the Pope follows the situation in Damascus.

Speaking of "issues of common interest", the statement emphasizes "the restarting of negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, and on the question of Jerusalem".

"Special attention was reserved for the tragic situation in which Syria finds itself. In this regard, it was reaffirmed that the path of dialogue and negotiation between all components of Syrian society, with the support of the international community, is the only option to put an end to the conflict and to the violence that every day causes the loss of so many human lives, especially amongst the helpless civilian population".

"Appreciation was also expressed for King Abdullah's commitment in the field of interreligious dialogue and for the initiative of convening a conference in Amman, at the beginning of the month of September, on the challenges that Christians in the Middle East will have to face, in particular during this period of socio-political transformations. Finally, recognition was expressed for the positive contribution that Christian communities bring to the local society, of which they are an integral part".

Pope Francis has repeatedly publicly expressed his sorrow for the Syrian conflict . "With great pain and concern - he said last Sunday during the Angelus - 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 to raise my voice that the clatter of arms may cease." "

Speaking to the faithful gathered in St Peter's Square, he also called for the international community to "show greater sensitivity towards this tragic situation and do all it can to help the beloved Syrian nation find a solution to a war that is sowing death and destruction".

 


e-mail this to a friend printable version

See also
05/11/2009 VATICAN – JORDAN
Pope describes visit to Mosque “a splendid day”
05/09/2009 VATICAN-JORDAN
Pope: believers reject the “corruption” of violence and “cultivate” reason
by Franco Pisano / inviato
04/08/2014 VATICAN - JORDAN
Pope: Holy Land visit in focus at meeting with the King of Jordan
05/08/2009 VATICAN – JORDAN
Pope: I come to the Middle East to bring hope of peace
05/08/2009 VATICAN – JORDAN
Church has contributed and wants to contribute to peace in the Middle East, says Pope
by Franco Pisano/inviato

Editor's choices
SYRIA
I will miss you Fr Frans, you inspired us all, says Syrian Jesuit
by Tony Homsy*A young priest from the Society of Jesus remembers the life and work of Fr Frans van der Lugt, who was killed in Homs after he refused to abandon residents beleaguered by hunger and war. "He gave and continues to give everything for the Church, Syria, and peace. His story and qualities made him an exceptional missionary and witness to the Gospel." Reprinted courtesy of 'The Jesuit Post'.
FRANCE - IRAQ
Chaldean Patriarch on the uncertain future of eastern Christians, a bridge between the West and Islam
by Mar Louis Raphael I SakoThe wars in Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan have made things worse for their peoples, especially minorities. As Western policies have been a failure, fundamentalism has grown with the Arab Spring losing out to extremism. Muslim authorities have a role in protecting rights and religious freedom. The presence of Christians in the Middle East is crucial for Muslims.
CHINA - EUROPEAN UNION
Xi Jinping returns home full of deals and silence
by Bernardo CervelleraThe Chinese president signed agreements worth tens of billions of Euros in France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium. He also stayed clear of any press conference. At the College of Europe in Bruges, he presented his dream of a new trillion-dollar Silk Road. Yet, he also made it clear that at home, the monopoly of power stays with the Party, squashing any dream for political reform in China. On the Internet, netizens disagree with him.

Dossier
by Giulio Aleni / (a cura di) Gianni Criveller
pp. 176
by Lazzarotto Angelo S.
pp. 528
by Bernardo Cervellera
pp. 240
Copyright © 2003 AsiaNews C.F. 00889190153 All rights reserved. Content on this site is made available for personal, non-commercial use only. You may not reproduce, republish, sell or otherwise distribute the content or any modified or altered versions of it without the express written permission of the editor. Photos on AsiaNews.it are largely taken from the internet and thus considered to be in the public domain. Anyone contrary to their publication need only contact the editorial office which will immediately proceed to remove the photos.