Monday, February 26, 2018

Vatican City: Pope Francis appeals for end to inhumane fighting, evil of war in Syria


The pope then launched a "heartfelt appeal that the violence immediately end, that access to humanitarian aid — food and medicine — be given and that the injured and ill be evacuated" from an area under rebel control.

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By Carol Glatz | February 26, 2018

Calling the war in Syria "inhumane," Pope Francis called for an end to the fighting, immediate access to humanitarian aid for those in need and the evacuation of the injured and infirm.

"My thoughts often turn to that beloved and martyred Syria where the war has intensified, especially in eastern Ghouta," he said Feb. 25 after praying the Angelus with people gathered in St. Peter Square.

"This month of February has been one of the most violent in seven years of conflict: hundreds, thousands of civilian victims — children, woman, the elderly. Hospitals have been hit and people can't get anything to eat," he said.

"All of this is inhumane," he said. "Evil cannot be fought with evil. And war is an evil."

The pope then launched a "heartfelt appeal that the violence immediately end, that access to humanitarian aid — food and medicine — be given and that the injured and ill be evacuated" from an area under rebel control.

The pope's appeal came after intensified fighting in eastern Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus.


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