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Peace is possible

· A hundred thousand joined Pope Francis at the Vigil closing the day of prayer and fasting ·

And at the Angelus he firmly denounces the proliferation and illegal trade of arms

“I ask each party to follow decisively and courageously the path of encounter and negotiation”: Pope Francis tweeted on Monday morning, 9 September, taking up his appeal for the restoration of peace to the martyred people of Syria and all the Middle East.

“Peace is possible”: he affirmed to the 100,000 people who had gathered around him Saturday evening, 7 September, in St Peter’s Square, bringing to a quiet and contemplative close the day dedicated to prayer and fasting for peace. With them and for them he repeated his cry for an end to every kind of violence and evil of every kind: “Violence and war are never the way to peace!”

“What use is waging war, so many wars, if you aren’t capable of waging the profound war against evil?”, the Pope asked the next morning at the Sunday Angelus in St Peter’s Square. “And the doubt always remains: is this war or that war — because wars are everywhere — really a war to solve problems or is it a commercial war to sell weapons in illegal trade.... These are the enemies to fight”, he said, “united and consistent, following no other interests than those of peace and of the common good.” Finally Pope Francis thanked everyone everywhere who participated in the vigil of prayer and fasting.

The homily at the vigil in St Peter's Square

The address at the Angelus

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St. Peter’s Square

Sept. 22, 2018

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