World faithful fast and pray for peace in Syria led by the Pope

Global Post: Catholics worldwide held a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria joined by Jews, Muslims and Orthodox Christians, with Pope Francis set to host a mass vigil on Saturday.

Francis has called for a “cry for peace” to rise up around the globe and has said he will attend the four-hour prayer session in St Peter’s Square.

Earlier in the week he wrote to leaders of the G20 leading world economies urging them to “lay aside the futile pursuit of a military solution”.

The Vatican has warned military strikes planned by France and the United Statescould escalate the conflict and cause it to spill over into the region.

The Catholic Church, which counts 1.2 billion faithful, has mobilised to adhere to the pope’s call through homilies in churches as well as through social media.

“Peace is a good which overcomes every barrier, because it belongs all of humanity #prayforpeace,” Pope Francis wrote in one tweet, with another saying simply: “Never again war! War never again!”

The Vatican has even issued instructions for Catholic parents to prepare “sober” family meals with children and grandparents that would be “rich in words”.

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