Pope urges the international community to find a solution to Syria's civil war
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis says he has been disturbed by "terrible images" of atrocities occurring in Syria, and he is urging the international community to step up its efforts to end the civil war there.
Francis told tens of thousands of people in St. Peter's Square on Sunday that Syrian and rebel forces must put down their arms. He renewed his call for dialogue as the West considers a military response to the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria.
Syria reached an agreement with the United Nations on Sunday to allow a team of international experts to visit the site of alleged chemical weapons attacks last week outside Damascus. Anti-government activists and Doctors Without Borders say that more than 300 people were killed. Images purporting to show the aftermath of the attack are filled with people gasping for breath and dead children unmarked by any wounds.
At least 100,000 people have been killed in Syria since the country's crisis began in March 2011.
115-r-27-(Sound of Pope Francis, speaking to faithful in Italian, in St. Peter's Square)--Sound of Pope Francis, speaking in Italian to the faithful in St, Peter's Square about 'terrible images" of atrocities coming from Syria, and urging the international community to step up its efforts to end the bloodshed. (25 Aug 2013)
Created: Mon, 26 Aug 2013 04:16:14 EST
Updated: Mon, 26 Aug 2013 04:16:14 EST