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Pope to G-20: Keep your armies out of Syria
Pope Francis devoted much of his weekly speech on September 4 in Rome to the Syrian conflict.
September 5th, 2013
12:04 PM ET

Pope to G-20: Keep your armies out of Syria

By Daniel BurkeCNN Belief Blog Co-Editor
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(CNN) - Pope Francis on Thursday wrote to the G-20 leaders, saying that military intervention in Syria would be "futile" and urging them to seek a diplomatic solution instead.

"To the leaders present, to each and every one," Francis wrote in a public letter, "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's letter was addressed to Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is hosting the G-20 meeting, where the Syrian conflict is expected to take center stage.

Francis has condemned the use of chemical weapons in Syria and called for a day of prayer and fasting on Sept. 7 to press for peace in Syria.

He also chided the international community for letting "one-sided interests" prevent them from finding a solution.

But while lamenting the "senseless massacre unfolding" in Syria, he has also rejected calls for a military strike against the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops also urged President Obama and Congress not to use military force in Syria.

"A central moral question is: Will more or less lives and livelihoods be destroyed by military intervention?" Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York and Bishop Richard Pates, who represent the bishops, wrote to Congress on Thursday.

"Instead of employing armed force," the bishops continued,"in this situation our nation, working with the international community, should direct all of its energies urgently and tirelessly toward dialogue and negotiation."

- CNN Religion Editor

Filed under: Catholic Church • Foreign policy • Pope Francis • Syria

soundoff (589 Responses)
  1. Ken Margo

    Now that the pope has spoken, we can ignore him as always and go on about our business.

    September 5, 2013 at 4:45 pm |
    • Krygma

      That is your own opinion. You probably is the one ignored by your family and neighbors because you are not contributing anything good for society and humanity except criticisms and negative comments. If this is your case you have a very miserable life. Be positive to change your outlook.

      September 5, 2013 at 6:26 pm |
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  4. acrabahyiouspe

    I wish there were more world leaders with the wisdom of this pope.

    He has condemned the chemical attack as an unacceptable atrocity, but does not support a war that would only make things worse for the Syrian people.

    1. The attack will not help Al Qaeda win its war against the Syrian government.

    2. Once Al Qaeda wins, they cannot be prevented from using the same chemical weapons stockpile against civilians.

    3. The Syrian government's reliance on chemical weapons would only increase when its conventional forces gets weakened by the U.S. strikes.

    4. The Syrian military's chemical weapons capabilities cannot be destroyed (without risking U.S. ground troops, an option which is off the table) without blowing up the facilities, triggering mass civilian casualties.

    September 5, 2013 at 4:32 pm |
    • acrabahyiouspe

      Sorry for the typo:

      1. The attack will help Al Qaeda win its war against the Syrian government.

      September 5, 2013 at 4:33 pm |
  5. Lionly Lamb

    Are you for or against the USA using its militias for limited warfare in Syria..?

    September 5, 2013 at 4:25 pm |
    • ME II

      The USA as a nation doesn't have militias.

      September 5, 2013 at 4:52 pm |
  6. Krygma

    You have made yourself god. It is easier to be god to oneself.

    September 5, 2013 at 4:25 pm |
    • I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that

      What's even easier is to spout nonsense.

      September 5, 2013 at 4:28 pm |
  7. izzylife

    It’s easy to be atheist. I don’t have to believe anything. I don’t have to follow anything. I can claim to be better than chris tians because I have no sin. Having no sin is a consequence of having no beliefs. That makes me a better person than the pope. I don’t even have to prove that I’m a moral person. I don’t believe in God because I don’t see him. But I expect people to believe me even if they don’t see me, I use a false name, and have not shown any shred of goodness. It’s an easy life.

    September 5, 2013 at 4:11 pm |
    • I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eubi9YI2dKE

      September 5, 2013 at 4:16 pm |
    • sam

      Butthurt report form can be filed with CNN, I'm sure they'll address your concerns with all due haste.

      September 5, 2013 at 4:24 pm |
    • Krygma

      You have yourself god. It is easier to be a god to oneself.

      September 5, 2013 at 4:31 pm |
    • Observer

      izzylife,

      As atheists or agnostics, people don't usually have the "morals" to support slavery and discrimination against women, gays, and the handicapped like the Bible does. Read a Bible someday.

      September 5, 2013 at 4:35 pm |
    • MSM

      And not one person gives a shit about your reverse psychology bull. Peddele it somewhere else.

      September 5, 2013 at 4:35 pm |
  8. I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that

    You know things are bad when the Catholic Church is the voice of reason.

    September 5, 2013 at 4:00 pm |
    • Krygma

      Really? John Paul II was against the invasion of Iraq and looking back he was correct. You are just biased against the Pope. The Pope is still considred by many as the most effective spokesman of Christianity in the world even though we ourselves are divided into several Churches.

      September 5, 2013 at 4:18 pm |
      • I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that

        If you say so.

        September 5, 2013 at 4:23 pm |
      • MSM

        He implied nothing of the sort. Stop projecting.

        G-20 should send him a reply: "we'll give your thoughts more creedence when you can keep your priests out of our kids."

        September 5, 2013 at 4:24 pm |
        • Krygma

          But you are not G-20.

          September 5, 2013 at 4:27 pm |
        • MSM

          What a witty reply. Not.

          He needs to keep his priests out of our children, anyway, you pedophile apologist.

          September 5, 2013 at 4:39 pm |
    • uyiyuyu786

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      Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General
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      Dear Mr. Ban Ki-moon,
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      and promote a shared position on the state of global illicit drug policy and the urgent need for
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      cannot be ignored.
      More than 30 experts in public health, medicine, policy and international law authored The
      Vienna Declaration, the official declaration of the 18th biennial International AIDS Conference in
      Vienna, Austria. The Declaration concludes that drug policies based on the current criminal
      justice framework have clearly not achieved their stated objectives to reduce drug supply and
      demand, and instead have contributed to serious health and social harms.
      The Vienna Declaration outlines these harms—such as the mass incarceration of non-violent
      offenders and epidemic rates of HIV infection among drug users—and their associated social and
      economic costs. It also provides a set of evidence-based recommendations for drug policy reform
      to address the urgent nature of these harms.
      The Declaration calls on governments and international organisations, including agencies of the
      United Nations, to fully reorient illicit drug policy using scientific evidence, beginning with the
      following 5 steps:
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      drug policies.
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      evidence, to address the individual and community harms stemming from illicit drug use.
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      September 5, 2013 at 4:32 pm |
  9. yuy786

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    MEMORY. IN MEMORY OF OUR DEAR FRIEND AND COMPANION ALFREDO NIETO
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    Unfortunately Alfredo Nieto, founder of Aesvae (Spanish Association of victims of electronic harassment), passed away in late 2010, after 20 years of torture, by a fulminating cancer most likely caused by directed energy.

    ___________________________________________________

    Friend Alfredo, only today April 2, 2011 I've heard of your departure. Do not know how much I've hurt this bad news. May God receive her soul and keep you in His holy glory.
    You will live FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS .. WE LOVE YOU VERY MUCH.
    What though a man as generous as it was You have died that way. Now the sky ángel.Ya will become a part of the celestial choir. Alli rest in the peace that gave you this land. LEAVE YOUR ITEM IN OUR LIFE indelible marks.
    A hug condolences to all your family and especially for your very dear sister ..
    Goodbye and farewell, my brother.

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    September 5, 2013 at 3:58 pm |
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      Rudy2's Multilingual Blog
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      MEMORIA. EN MEMORIA DE NUESTRO QUERIDO AMIGO Y COMPAÑERO ALFREDO NIETO
      with 6 comments

      Desgraciadamente Alfredo Nieto, fundador de Aesvae ( Asociación española de víctimas de acoso electrónico ), falleció a finales del año 2010, después de 20 años de torturas, por un cáncer fulminante con toda probabilidad provocado con energía dirigida.

      ___________________________________________________

      Amigo Alfredo, sólo hoy dia 2 de abril 2011 me he enterado de tu partida. No sabes cuánto me ha dolido esta pésima noticia. Que Dios te acoja en su seno y te tenga en su santa gloria.
      VIVIRAS SIEMPRE EN NUESTROS CORAZONES..TE QUEREMOS MUCHO.
      Qué pesar que un hombre tan generoso como lo eras Tú haya muerto de esa forma. Ahora el cielo tendrà un ángel.Ya haces parte del coro celestial. Alli descanses en la paz que no te dió esta tierra. TU PARTIDA DEJA HUELLAS IMBORRABLES EN NUESTRA VIDA.
      Un abrazo de condolencias para todos tus familiares y sobre todo para tu muy querida hermana..
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      September 5, 2013 at 3:54 pm |
  11. Lionly Lamb

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        September 5, 2013 at 3:23 pm |
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          September 5, 2013 at 4:00 pm |
    • FG23234

      miércoles, 31 de julio de 2013
      Denuncian la existencia de un centro de torturas en la España democrática
      ROMA. El ultraderechista italiano Pierluigi Concutelli, que en 1976 asesinó al juez Vittorio Occorsio y que fue interrogado hace varios años sobre la desaparición del exdirigente de ETA-pm Eduardo Moreno Bergaretxe, Pertur, ha sido puesto en libertad, según informaron ayer fuentes judiciales. Al parecer, Concutelli, que sufrió una isquemia cerebral, fue liberado por "graves motivos de salud".

      El 25 de marzo de 2009, dos neofascistas italianos reconocieron en Roma y ante el juez Fernando Andreu la existencia de una masía cerca de Barcelona donde se preparaban los secuestros y eran torturados miembros de ETA.

      Nacido en Palermo en 1944, Pierluigi Concutelli fue condenado a cadena perpetua en Italia acusado de cometer diversos homicidios. Tras recibir la condición de prisión atenuada, acabó siendo trasladado a su domicilio tras sufrir un ataque isquémico. En los años 70 fue miembro de la banda neofascista Ordine Nuovo y entre sus homicidios se cuenta el del magistrado Vittorio Occorsio, perpetrado el 26 de octubre de 1976.

      El 25 de marzo de 2009, dos neofascistas italianos reconocieron en Roma y ante el juez Fernando Andreu la existencia de una masía cerca de Barcelona donde se preparaban los secuestros y eran torturados miembros de ETA. A raíz de ello, en mayo del mismo año Concutelli fue interrogado por el magistrado de la Audiencia Nacional sobre la desaparición de Pertur. Sin embargo, no llegó a manifestar nada coherente dado lo avanzado de la enfermedad que padecía. Esta vía judicial resultó por tanto infructuosa porque Concutelli, pieza clave en la pista italiana sobre la desaparición del dirigente polimili, aseguró que no se acordaba de nada ni de nadie.

      El hecho de que el también ultraderechista italiano Izzo Angelo confesó que Pierluigi Concutelli, con quien había tenido una estrecha relación en el pasado, le contó que habían secuestrado a un miembro de ETA, contribuyó a su vez a alimentar las sospechas. Según su versión, el activista habría sido trasladado narcotizado a la citada masía, donde fue torturado y le hicieron desaparecer.

      Angelo, que en la época de la desaparición de Pertur ya estaba detenido, precisó que Concutelli solo le habló de un secuestrado de ETA pero que no le facilitó nombres. Añadió que también le relató que secuestraron a un industrial del País Vasco, una acción que había sido imputada a ETA.

      Fuente: http://www.deia.com/2011/04/20/politica/euskadi/el-ultra-italiano-interrogado-sobre-pertur-queda-en-libertad
      Publicado por TorturoKracia en 17:10

      September 5, 2013 at 3:15 pm |

      September 5, 2013 at 3:49 pm |
  12. R.M. Goodswell

    What does it mean when the spokesman for a fict itious ent ity is making 100 times more sense on this issue then our so-called elected officials that supposedly are working for us?

    The US general public overwhelmingly is sick and tired of war and are pleading for us to stay clear of this – and its falling on deaf ears, like we don't even exist.

    We make it so bloody easy for the rest of the world to look good – we do the heavy lifting, we shell out the cash, we take all the heat from all sides, while China, Russia and the high minded Europeans criticized every move we make. Its time THEY stepped forward and showed the US how its done.

    September 5, 2013 at 3:01 pm |
    • R.M. Goodswell

      *than*, *criticize*

      September 5, 2013 at 3:13 pm |
    • Dippy

      It's.

      September 5, 2013 at 3:38 pm |
  13. prophet

    there will be a war and it cannot be avoided as its in the Torah, and this is humanities way of doing things. We are praying for the nations.

    September 5, 2013 at 2:58 pm |
    • Doobs

      It's pretty hard NOT to be correct when you say "There will be a war".

      How do you know the Torah is referring to this situation and not another standoff somewhere that will occur next year or in 100 years?

      September 5, 2013 at 3:10 pm |
    • Dippy

      It's, not its.
      Humanity's, not humanities.

      September 5, 2013 at 3:27 pm |
  14. prophet

    the pope really is a fool, had to say this.

    he talks about doing the right thing and yet him and his religion take money off the poor and live as royalty while people are poor, digusting evil, and he is telling others what is right. Hypocrites all of them.

    September 5, 2013 at 2:54 pm |
    • rkpar4

      It sounds like our new Pope has forgotten about Religion & State.

      September 5, 2013 at 3:13 pm |
    • Dippy

      He, not him.

      September 5, 2013 at 3:28 pm |
    • merikano

      I agree. These are bad people. The leaders who are supposed to be servants live luxuriously. They have fancy cars and clothes, houses, etc. They make ridiculous laws that they themselves do not follow. They have stoopid rules that they expect everyone else to follow. Of course, I'm talking about the US govt. Now let's see how many people still live in the US despite this abyuse.

      September 5, 2013 at 4:05 pm |
  15. prophet

    there are poeple worst than the pope and they are on here using other peoples names to write comments. they don't have the courage to use their own names.

    we are praying for them.

    September 5, 2013 at 2:51 pm |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      Fly away pogue... fly away...

      September 5, 2013 at 3:00 pm |
    • Doobs

      Is "prophet" your real name?

      September 5, 2013 at 3:04 pm |
    •  

      Godless Vagabond
      Is Pope the Pope's real name?

      September 5, 2013 at 3:30 pm |
    • Dippy

      Worse, not worst.

      September 5, 2013 at 3:31 pm |
  16. CommonSensed

    They won't listen. The MIC is more powerful than a papal twit or tweet or whatever.

    September 5, 2013 at 2:50 pm |
  17. Lionly Lamb

    Damn them war mongers! They are going to do it..! Damn them all!!!

    September 5, 2013 at 2:42 pm |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      @LL – because you seem tense... and I know you like the ganja...

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=QdD1yrOCwnY

      September 5, 2013 at 2:50 pm |
    • Sara

      I'm pretty sure this is all just for show, but I've been wrong before.

      September 5, 2013 at 2:52 pm |
  18. Lionly Lamb

    Whisper the sounds of silence

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=sqGP6p0mNc8

    September 5, 2013 at 2:36 pm |
  19. Lionly Lamb

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WANNqr-vcx0&feature=player_detailpage

    September 5, 2013 at 2:30 pm |
    • Doobs

      "Volunteers" would have been a better choice.

      September 5, 2013 at 3:12 pm |
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