The president of the Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land said his Christian counterparts in the region worry that U.S. strikes in Syria would further inflame a situation where many nations ply for influence.
Peace & Justice
The Wednesday hearings quickly turned colorful when two activists refused to pay their fines and demanded jail time.
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Pope Francis told members of the G-20 gathered in Russia to set aside self interests and avoid the "senseless massacre now unfolding” in Syria
During his weekly public audience Wednesday, Pope Francis renewed his call for day of prayer for peace in Syria on Saturday.
Two key U.S. bishops wrote to President Barack Obama Wednesday, telling him that a planned U.S. military strike in Syria would be "counterproductive [and] will exacerbate an already deadly situation."
New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Des Moines, Iowa, Bishop Richard Pates, leaders of the U.S. bishops' conference, add their voices to a growing number of Catholic prelates and Christian leaders around the world criticizing the expected U.S. attack.
Opinion: Let us all support the peace movement by doing what we can: marching on Washington, speaking out, sitting in and engaging in nonviolent direct action.
"The church teaches that unjustified killing is wrong in all circumstances. That includes the death penalty," said Archbishop Timothy Broglio.
The U.S. bishop elected by the nation’s Catholic prelates to represent the church on international issues of justice said Friday that “negotiation is the resolution” to the conflict in Syria, not U.S. military intervention.
Des Moines, Iowa, Bishop Richard Pates, who heads the U.S. bishops’ office of international justice and peace, made his remarks in an NCR phone interview, hours after publishing of a letter from him to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on the matter stated dialogue was the “only option.”
A key U.S. bishop is calling on the United States to aim for a cease-fire in Syria, echoing sentiments expressed by Pope Francis.