The Catholic pope has called on world leaders in the West to reconsider their response to the chemical attack in Syria.
Addressing a crowd of thousands gathered in front of St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis led a special global day of prayer and fasting for peace in Syria, the Middle East and the world. He told them, “At this point I ask myself: Is it possible to change direction? Can we get out of this spiral of sorrow and death? Can we learn once again to walk and live in the ways of peace? Yes we all can.”
The EU and United States recently concluded a round of talks over Syria’s chemical weapons attack. They put military intervention on the table for the first time as a response to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a stance the pope branded a “futile pursuit” two days ago.
But Pope Francis may find that his biggest ally in the search for peace is the US Congress. Senators on Capitol Hill are currently debating Obama’s call for military action.