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Pope Francis leads ‘Hail Mary’ for Syria

Pope Francis, Angelus January 4, 2015


Pope Francis at January 4th Sunday Angelus

Kathleen N. Hattrup - published on 03/15/21

"One of the most serious humanitarian catastrophes of our time"

Pope Francis has made many, many appeals for peace in Syria. On March 14, after praying the midday Angelus, he noted that the conflict there has reached its 10th anniversary.

He asked the Church to continue to pray, and specifically led a Hail Mary with those in the Square.

Ten years ago, the bloody conflict in Syria began, leading to one of the most serious humanitarian catastrophes of our time: an untold number of dead and wounded, millions of refugees, thousands missing, destruction, violence of all kinds and immense suffering for the entire population, especially the most vulnerable, such as children, women and the elderly. I renew my heartfelt appeal to the parties to the conflict to show signs of goodwill, so that a glimmer of hope may open up for the exhausted population. I also hope for a decisive and renewed commitment, constructive and in solidarity, on the part of the international community, so that, once the weapons have been laid down, the social fabric can be mended and reconstruction and economic recovery can begin. Let us all pray to the Lord that the great suffering in our beloved and tormented Syria may not be forgotten, and that our solidarity might revive hope. Let us pray together for our beloved and tormented Syria. Hail Maryelderly residents of DamascusRead more:After ten years of war in Syria, here’s what can be done today to help


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