Pope Francis is urging governments to find a political solution to the war in Syria.
In a video message released on Tuesday in support of a new Caritas International campaign, ‘Syria: Peace is Possible’, the Pope reiterates his belief that “there is no military solution for Syria, only a political one”.
“The international community must therefore support peace talks towards the building of a national unity government” he says.
And, Pope Francis continues: “I invite you to ask those who are involved in peace talks to take these agreements seriously and to commit to facilitating access to humanitarian aid.”
“While the people suffer, an incredible amount of money is being spent on giving fighters weapons. Some of the countries providing these arms are also those talking of peace. How can one believe in those who caress you with the right hand while hitting you with the left?” the Pope says.
Click here to watch the video message from Pope Francis.
The new ‘Syria: Peace is Possible’ Caritas website can be found at syria.caritas.org . It includes specially commissioned artwork from Syrian artist Tammam Azzam, an animated film on the war, an award winning photo series and testimony from Syrians living both inside the country and as refugees in bordering nations and beyond.
You can also follow the campaign on Twitter #peacepossible4syria @iamCaritas.
Source: Vatican Radio