Pope Syria strike: Pope Francis recently took to Twitter to tweet, “War never again!” as part of his global message to not bring war or any military action, particularly from the U.S., to Syria and its already struggling civil war. Although world leaders are still in contention over whether an offensive against Syria should be taken following an alleged chemical weapons attack on Syrian civilians in August, Pope Francis is urging that no strike be made, UPI reports this Thursday, Sept. 5.
Pope Francis against the Syria strike will likely be no surprise to many Catholics around the world, while a majority already know that Pope Francis is welcoming of new technology, including that of Twitter, having even taken a selfie photo last month at the Vatican. He is now using the social media site to spread his message of peace, asking for “War never again” and no conflict to arise between U.S. and Syria forces.
"War never again! Never again war!" tweeted Pope Francis this week. "We want a peaceful world, we want to be men and women of peace."
Some of the similar tweets from the Catholic pontiff focusing on international peace and support include:
“How much suffering, how much devastation, how much pain has the use of arms carried in its wake?”
“We want in our society, torn apart by divisions and conflict, that peace break out.”
In light of the potential Syria strike, the pope has also recently sent a letter to Vladimir Putin, President of Russia, to not launch any attack on Syria, and to share the news with President Obama during their summit meetings.
"To the leaders present, to each and every one, I make a heartfelt appeal for them to help find ways to overcome the conflicting positions and to lay aside the futile pursuit of a military solution," the pope wrote. "Rather, let there be a renewed commitment to seek, with courage and determination, a peaceful solution through dialogue and negotiation of the parties, unanimously supported by the international community."
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