“Everyone has to recognize that there is no military solution for Syria, only a political one. The international community must therefore support peace talks aiming at the construction of a government of national unity”. This is what Pope Francis said in a video message sent on the occasion of the campaign “Caritas Internationalis” for peace in Syria.
Caritas is launching a new site, syria.caritas.org, in support of this campaign. There will be also a work of art commissioned to the Syrian artist Tammam Azzam, an animated film about war, a number of prize-winning photographs, the testimonies of some Syrians who remained in their homeland and refugees living in neighboring – or more distant – countries. The humanitarian organization explained that facing the humanitarian consequences of the five-year war in Syria is the largest relief operation undertaken by Caritas.
Last year alone, the national Caritas has given aid to 1.3 million people. Moreover, Caritas is urging its supporters around the world to make pressure on the governments to: make sure that all parties to the conflict unite to find a peaceful solution; support millions of people who suffer the consequences of war; give Syrians, both inside and outside the country, dignity and hope.
The Pope, after greeting the brothers and sisters of the humanitarian organization, has expressed his sadness for the situation in Syria, where people have been fighting for 5 years now. “A situation of unspeakable suffering is being inflicted on the Syrian people, forced to survive under bombs or find escape routes to other countries or Syrian areas that are less war-torn: leave their homes, leave everything…”
After addressing a thought to all the Christian communities – promising his full support against the discrimination they are forced to endure – Francis addressed all the faithful and all those who are engaged, together with Caritas, in “building a fairer society.”
“How can you trust those who hit you with the same hand they use to caress?”- Pope Francis asked the recipients of the message, pointing out that “while people suffer – Bergoglio said -, incredible amounts of money are spent to provide weapons to fighters. And some of the countries that supply them with weapons are also among those who talk of peace.”
Subsequently, Pope Francis has invited everyone, young and old, to live this special Jubilee of Mercy” with enthusiasm, to fight indifference and strongly proclaim that peace in Syria is possible! Peace in Syria is possible!” Bergoglio invited everyone to take the opportunity to pray for the Syrian people whenever it is possible, during prayer vigils, during awareness-raising courses in groups, parishes, everywhere.
Prayers, “should be followed by works of peace. I invite you to turn to those who are involved in peace negotiations to take these agreements seriously and commit to encouraging the construction of a national unity government.” “Let us join forces on every level to ensure that peace is possible in our beloved Syria – Francis has concluded his video message -. It is going to be a great example of mercy and love lived for the good of the entire international community. May the Lord bless you and Our Lady watch over you. Thank you”.