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Pope Urges Immediate End to Violence in Syria

Pope Francis has called for an immediate end to violence and access to humanitarian aid to the eastern Ghouta district of Syria.

The pontiff said Syria was being “martyred” by continued attacks and  killing of  civilians in the eastern district.

“All this is inhuman,” Francis told tens of thousands of people at St. Peter’s Square, for his weekly blessing.

He spoke hours after the United Nations adopted a resolution demanding a 30-day truce across Syria to allow aid access and medical evacuation.

“In these days my thoughts have often been taken up by the beloved and martyred Syria,” he said.

He noted that there had been thousands of civilian victims of violence that had not spared even hospitals.

Francis insisted that no one should fight evil with another evil and urged his listeners to join together in a moment of silent prayer.

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