Pope Francis: Peace and aid for the Syrian people

Peace for Syria, peace for the whole Middle East. These were the words of Pope Francis, speaking this morning to the Catholic humanitarian organizations operating in the region, gathered at the Vatican under the coordination of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum. Pope Francis noted the intention of the international community to promote a dialogue for peace. “I request the provision of humanitarian aid for refugees and for displaced Syrians,” he said, “seeking primarily the good of persons and the protection of their dignity, regardless of ethnic or religious affiliation.” The Holy See, the Pope said, desires, “a peaceful future for Syria, in which everyone can live freely and express themselves in their …

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