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Leading Vatican envoy denounces potential military strikes against Syria

September 10, 2013

Declaring that “the end cannot justify the means,” the Holy See’s apostolic nuncio to the United Nations denounced the prospect of military strikes against Syria.

“Helping Syria means finding political and humanitarian solutions through dialogue and reconciliation, not intrusionary military tactics,” Archbishop Francis Chullikatt preached at a homily at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York, according to a Catholic News Service report.

“As winds of war howl around Syria in this moment, we urge building and restoring peace through all options and alternatives, not yet exhausted,” he continued. “How can we think of military strikes as the only alternative? The end cannot justify the means.”

He added:

How could we possibly remain indifferent to the humanitarian disaster that strikes would leave in their aftermath? Who could take the responsibility for such a calamity? Who will shelter the refugees and displaced, those orphaned and widowed? No less than a third of Syria’s population is already displaced.


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