December 26th, 2012
01:17 AM ET

A Christian prayer for peace in Syria

By Joe Sterling, Salma Abdelaziz and Holly Yan, CNN

(CNN) - Pope Benedict XVI urged warring parties in Syria on Tuesday to end the 21-month-old civil war.

"May peace spring up for the people of Syria, deeply wounded and divided by a conflict which does not spare even the defenseless and reaps innocent victims," the pope said in his traditional Christmas message, delivered from the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica.

"Once again, I appeal for an end to the bloodshed, easier access for the relief of refugees and the displaced, and dialogue in the pursuit of a political solution to the conflict."

- A. Hawkins

Filed under: Christianity • Islam • Pope Benedict XVI • Syria

soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. the AnViL

    there is absolutely no verifiable, repeatable, empirical, substantiated, evidence that prayer works.


    there is evidence that prayer does not work.


    the truth is hard.... it cuts like a knife.

    February 17, 2013 at 2:18 am |
  2. Lathan

    I am praying with and for you all. I have added a prayer to The Believers Network at http://thebelieversnetwork.org/prayers/salvation-for-all

    February 17, 2013 at 1:49 am |
    • End Religion

      Congrats! That one prayer was enough to tip over god's will. How does it feel to have changed the mind of a god? Must be groovy...

      February 17, 2013 at 2:01 am |
  3. Pravda

    The pope no longer has any control outside of Italy. Which is a good thing...

    December 26, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
  4. Pravda

    Very sad, but God gives everyone free will to do as they desire. He does not want robotic followers. And unfortunately, many of those that follow Islam desire violence. If the Sunnis and Shiites are not fighting "the infidels" they are trying to kill each other. Just another day with the religion of "peace"...

    December 26, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
    • Get Real

      "He does not want robotic followers."

      "Believe, Bow and Worship or else Die and Burn" is no example of a free will choice.

      December 26, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
    • Pravda

      Get that from an atheist site? Your statement shows that you know nothing about God or the Bible. You should really read it someday. I will make it easy for you, start in the New Testament and read the Red words. That should clear things up for you pretty quick...

      December 26, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      Pravda..What is it in the bible that tells you the words are from god? What specific passage could only have been from the mouth of such a being? was it the description of what we will discover as to how the sun burns, the description of the unknown lands of Antarctica? notice that all the plagues mentioned in the bible were nothing more than known natural occurrences in the middle east... nothing mentioned about an ice age. I wonder why?

      December 26, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
  5. Mohammad A Dar

    but the people who fight on streets of Syria accept peace messages from Saudi Al Qaeda or Iranian Hezbollah bosses only Mr Benedict?

    December 26, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
  6. Happy

    Prayer does not work according to a study done in 1978.

    December 26, 2012 at 8:05 am |
    • Pravda


      December 26, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
    • Wild

      A study done in 2010 actually has proved prayer effective.

      Get down on your knees and try it for yourself!

      December 26, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
    • $$$$$$$$$$$$$$

      Pray for a Million dollars for thirty days and nights see if it shows up.?????

      December 26, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
    • Tinkerbell

      I am conducting a study on the effectiveness of wishing upon a star. So far, the results of said wishing equal that of prayer - Yes, No, or Maybe someday....

      December 26, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
    • Poltergeist

      Meditative prayer however is shown to have positive effects on stress and even mood on the other hand. It's far more healthier than tossing anxiety and dread at a problem.

      December 26, 2012 at 8:30 pm |
  7. Deavman

    A prayer... Oooohhh, I am so touched.

    December 26, 2012 at 3:59 am |
  8. Rev Dr Felix Nwosu


    December 26, 2012 at 3:40 am |
    • sam stone

      The Pope prayed for peace. Peace has not been achieved. If "god" has answered, the answer was apparently "NO!"

      December 26, 2012 at 4:42 am |
    • niknak

      As Asad is now getting ready to launch his stockpile of chemical weapons I would say the Pope's prayers will not be anwered.
      Prayer is a waste of time.

      December 26, 2012 at 5:49 am |
  9. Rational Humanist

    Blah blah blah.

    Who cares what this twisted criminal has to say about Syria or anything at all?

    He should be rotting in a cell in the Hague for crimes against humanity, crimes against children, and pretty much every crime on the books, including lying which is surely a crime somewhere..????

    He talks but does nothing. His words are always empty of worth and should be ignored at all times. He is a criminal whose constant crime is one of massive disgusting psychotic FRAUD.

    December 26, 2012 at 1:30 am |
    • Rational Humanist

      Okay, I feel better now. lol But not as good as I would feel to see these criminal parasites stopped. Okay, fine again. lol

      December 26, 2012 at 3:20 am |
    • Akira

      I agree.
      He could do so much more to end the suffering of children who serve in his churches; instead he offers up a feeble prayer that he should have done nearly two years ago when this mess in Syria began.
      Not that it would have changed events in Syria one iota.

      December 26, 2012 at 12:39 pm |
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