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Europe’s Catholic bishops, other Christian leaders: ‘no to war’ in Syria

Catholic World News - September 09, 2013

The Conference of European Churches, an ecumenical organization, has joined the Council of European Episcopal Conferences in appealing for peace in Syria.

“In the face of the suffering, destruction and death which the noble Syrian people have been enduring for too long, we reaffirm our 'No' to war,” said the presidents of the two conferences. “At this time our thoughts are especially with all the Christian faithful and their families who have been particularly affected by the conflict in Syria, through killings and a mass exodus which risks wiping out a more than thousand-year-long presence in that area of the world.”

“To all nations, especially those gathered at St Petersburg for the G20 summit, we want to send a reminder, along with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, Pope Francis and many other leaders of our Churches, to put first the path of dialogue rather than arms,” they added.

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