Vatican City, Jul 5, 2016 / 03:34 am
In his message for a new campaign promoting peace in Syria, Pope Francis called out world leaders who speak of ending the conflict, but at the same time fund the war through the sale of arms.
"While the people suffer, incredible quantities of money are being spent to supply weapons to fighters," the Pope said in his video message, published July 5.
He noted that some of the countries supplying the weapons "are also among those that talk of peace. How can you believe in someone who caresses you with the right hand and strikes you with the left hand?"
Francis encouraged people of all ages throughout the world to use the Holy Year of Mercy as an occasion to "overcome indifference and proclaim with strength that peace in Syria is possible! Peace in Syria is possible!"