Pope Francis has sent a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin urging him and other G20 leaders meeting in St.Petersburg to “lay aside the futile pursuit of a military solution” in Syria.
The Vatican released the letter on Thursday as the Holy See’s Secretary for Relations with States, Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, briefed ambassadors about the pope’s initiatives including an international day of prayer and fasting for peace in Syria on Saturday.
He has also invited members of all faiths around the world to take part .
The Vatican has been sending a clear message to world leaders on the Syrian crisis since Pope Francis announced his peace message last Sunday asking for a solution through dialogue and negotiation.
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