Pope Urges 'Political Solution' in 'Dear Syria'

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Pope Francis prayed for a "political solution" in Syria in his first Easter Sunday message in front of a crowd in St Peter's Square.

The pope delivered his "Urbi et Orbi" blessing to Rome and the world from the same balcony of St Peter's Basilica where he made his first appearance after his momentous election to the papacy this month.

Speaking in front of some 250,000 people from around the world in the Vatican, Francis prayed for "dear Syria, for its people torn by conflict and for the many refugees who await help and comfort.

"How much blood has been shed! And how much suffering must there still be before a political solution to the crisis will be found?" he said.

The pope also addressed the situations on the Korean peninsula and in unrest-hit Nigeria.

Comments 3
Thumb LebCynic 31 March 2013, 16:15

Is the Pope safe from FSA? He hasn't demanded President Bashar be removed and I'm sure he doesn't support their extremist opresive and out dated views. Just as well his not in Syria as the terrorists have no respect for a man of faith!

Thumb jumblatdedon 31 March 2013, 21:53

The FSA's views are much better then that of the shia/alawi Baathist , they walk into a village , block it off, cut the throats of the kids, cut the kids arms off, rape the women and leave them alive to tell the stories to spread fear in the hearts of christians & other muslims

Thumb LebCynic 01 April 2013, 00:12

Stop with your hate propaganda crap please.