Just at a time when President Obama has confounded many of his supporters by turning from the peace activism which he promised during his campaigns to a leading hawk in the world by calling for a military strike against Syria, Pope Francis has appeared to pray for peace in Syria. Al Arabiya reported on Sept. 7, 2013, "Pope Francis calls for reconciliation in Syria at prayer vigil."
On Saturday Pope Francis called for reconciliation and dialogue in Syria as he led a mass vigil for peace in the tragically war torn country. The pope has been quoted as saying, “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.” He went on to say that war always represents a failure for peace and certainly is always a defeat for humanity.
Al Jazeera has reported, "Tens of thousands attend pope's peace vigil for Syria." On Saturday tens of thousands of people filled St. Peter's Square at the Vatican to take part in a four hour Syria peace vigil. These people have been responding to Pope Francis' call for a grassroots cry for peace which has been echoed by Christians and non-Christians alike in Syria and around the world.