100,000 in Vatican Syria Vigil; Pope Denounces Imperialists Captivated by Idols of Dominion and Power

Sept. 7, 2013

One hundred thousand people answered the Pope’s call for prayers against the US’ planned attack against Syria.

Though not covered by much of the Mainstream media, Pope Francis had on September 1st called for people of all faiths across the world to fast and pray starting this Saturday, against the Obama administration planned attack of Syria, and to ‘cry for peace.’

The Vatican estimated about 100,000 took part in the Rome event, making it one of the largest rallies in the West against proposed U.S.-led military action against the Syrian regime following the Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack near Damascus.

Francis spent most of the vigil in silent prayer, but during his speech he issued a heartfelt plea for peace, denouncing those who are “captivated by the idols of dominion and power and destroy God’s creation through war.

“This evening, I ask the Lord that we Christians, and our brothers and sisters of other religions and every man and woman of good will, cry out forcefully: Violence and war are never the way to peace!” he said.

May the noise of weapons cease!” he said. “War always marks the failure of peace, it is always a defeat for humanity.” Read more from AP on WashingtonPost