We support from the Global Alliance 2013-2018-2048 the call of the Pope , on 7 September to set an example for peace:
Fasting, deliberation and prayer for a peaceful solution for Syria through dialogue not violence! Let us give a public sign to the politicians, that we do not want wars and interventions anymore !
The Global Alliance 2013-2018-2048 calls to follow the Pope’s call to set on Saturday 7th September a sign for the end of war in the world , a sign against new wars and military interventions , particularly for a peaceful solution to the conflict in Syria .
We advocate to punish the use of poison gas! But we are against killing innocent people! We demand an investigation and punishment of those responsible in accordance with international law, law, that is, by the International Criminal Court! The court should be responsible for the investigation and punishment. Governments, who have evidence about who is responsible for the gas attack, should hand it over to the court. We are against any military attack , because they would kill the innocent! We are also opposed to any military action that violates international law, is thus carried about without a mandate from the UN Security Council .
Given the suffering of the Syrian population we call for increased international efforts to end the Syria war! We advocate, that the world press all parties in the conflict with all peaceful means (stop arms supplies and financial support ) to accept a ceasefire and to attend a peace conference . This conference must be a step towards a democratic Syria, where the human rights of all are respected equally. We reject military intervention from outside, since they have already shown in other countries such as Afghanistan or Iraq , they do not lead to democracy and peace , but to permanent insecurity and violence for the people !
We encourage you to organize local public actions and especially with the churches in all the cities and regions! People of all faiths , religions and beliefs , which are for the right to life should publicly set a public sign for peace.
Pope asks other faiths to join day of prayer for peace in Syria
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Pope Francis leads his Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter’s square at the Vatican September 1, 2013. REUTERS/Tony Gentile
By Philip Pullella
VATICAN CITY | Sun Sep 1, 2013 7:58am EDT
(Reuters) – Pope Francis on Sunday invited people of all faiths to join him and the world’s Catholics in a day of prayer and fasting on September 7 to end the conflict in Syria.
Addressing tens of thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square, he issued a long, impassioned appeal for peace in Syria and across the Middle East, saying God and history would be the judge of those who promoted violence or prevented peace.
Francis condemned the use of chemical weapons, blamed by Western powers on Syrian government forces, but added: “War, never again”.
The United States and France are considering military action against Damascus in response to the chemical attack but Francis urged the international community to make every effort to bring about peace based on “dialogue and negotiations”.
“Violence never leads to peace, war leads to war, violence leads to violence,” he said.
The pope asked the 1.2 billion Roman Catholics around the world to pray for peace in Syria and observe a day of prayer and fasting on Saturday.
Francis announced his initiative a day after a meeting of top Vatican officials on Syria. He said he would lead a special prayer service in St. Peter’s Square on Saturday between 7 p.m. and midnight (1800-2300 GMT).
The pope invited other Christians, members of other religions and all “people of goodwill” to join the Catholic initiative in any way they saw fit.
The peace initiative is reminiscent of several made by the late Pope John Paul, including one in which he dispatched envoys to Iraq, the United States and European capitals in 2003 to try to avert war in Iraq.
(Reporting by Philip Pullella; editing by Andrew Roche)