Vatican Launches Papal Peace Offensive

President Obama is making the rounds of six major news anchors to record his plea for war against Syria.  As part of his pitch the Administration has released 211 video clips of people suffering from a chemical attack alleging without proof that the attack was made by Syria. 

Meanwhile proof is circulating around the world that Syria DID NOT launch the attack, and that the US knew days in advance and warned the insurgents that a “game changing event” was in the works, and to be ready to launch their offensive to topple Assad.

Catholic leader Pope Francis has voiced his staunch opposition to a US-led strike on Syria, calling for reconciliation in Syria on Saturday as he led a mass “peace vigil” on St Peter’s square, and as millions of Catholics worldwide were joined by other faiths in a day of fasting and prayer.  

“In beloved Syria, in the Middle East, in all the world, let us pray for reconciliation and peace, let us work for reconciliation and peace,” the pontiff told tens of thousands who had gathered on the square for the four-hour event, with smaller gatherings held in churches, mosques and synagogues around the globe.

Francis called for a “cry for peace” from humanity, firmly opposing all fighting in Syria, including the proposed military strikes against the Syrian regime being pushed by the United States and France.

US President Barack Obama has been advocating for the use of force in response to what some analysts see as a dangerous precedent – the breaking of the “international norm” against using chemical weapons.

But the pope rejected such arguments, taking a markedly pacifist tone. 

Earlier in the week he wrote to leaders of the G20 top world economies meeting in Saint Petersburg, Russia, urging them to “lay aside the futile pursuit of a military solution”.    

Vatican officials have warned international armed intervention could escalate the war into a wider conflagration that would further harm Christian minorities in the Middle East.  

Indeed, the appeal has been particularly well received by Christian minorities in the Middle East, where often-divided leaders have been united in their concern about a possible spread of the Syrian conflict

When he announced the initiative on Sunday, Francis urged Christians from other denominations, faithful from other religions and atheists to join in.  

The patriarch of Costantinople, Bartholomew I, spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox, also backed the call, while in France, Muslim faithful at the Great Mosque of Paris held prayers for peace on Friday.

Chief Rabbi of Rome Riccardo Di Segni said the Jewish community was also “in harmony” with the Vatican.

In Lebanon, the vice president of the Islamic Shiite Higher Council, Sheikh Abdel Amir Qabalan, voiced support, as did Christian leaders across the Balkans and in Latin America.

Traditionally pacifist and anti-clerical groups, like the Radicals and the Left, Ecology and Freedom party in Italy, have also supported the pope’s appeal.  

Once Obama does launch his New World Order war and the whole Middle East explodes to include Iran, bringing severe economic consequences; the Papal crusade for peace will catapult the Vatican into moral prominency in the world.

 

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