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Pope calls for end to illegal arm sales, peace in Syria

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
September 9th, 2013
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In his Sunday address, Pope Francis called for an end to illegal arm trafficking, as well for his call for peace in Syria. "The war against evil means saying no a fratricidal hatred and the lies which feed it, saying no to violence in all its forms, saying no to the proliferation of arms and the illegal trade in arms," he said in his Angelus.
 

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "There is so much of it. And there is always the doubt whether these wars here or there are wars for real problems or wars to sell arms," he said.
 
"There is a commercial war to sell these weapons in illegal trade. These are enemies to be fought - together and united, following no other interests than those of peace and the common good," the leader of the Catholic Church said.
 
Francis addressed an estimated 100,000 people in St. Peter's Square, calling for a day of fasting and prayer intended to encourage peace in Syria.
 
"The violence and devastation in Syria should stop immediately and we should work with renewed commitment for a just solution to this fratricidal conflict," he said. Francis also called for peace in Egypt, Iraq and Lebanon as well.
 
Francis' appeals for peace come as both the United States and France consider military action to punish Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad. Western countries blame Assad for a chemical weapons attack that killed more than a thousand people near Damascus. The Syrian government denies responsibility.

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