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Sat Sep 7, 2013, 03:37 PM

Vatican: 100,000 answer pope’s call, fill St. Peter’s Square for Syria peace vigil

Vatican: 100,000 answer pope’s call, fill St. Peter’s Square for Syria peace vigil



VATICAN CITY — Tens of thousands of people filled St. Peter’s Square for a four-hour Syria peace vigil late Saturday, answering Pope Francis’ call for a grassroots cry for peace that was echoed by Christians and non-Christians alike in Syria and in vigils around the world.

The Vatican estimated about 100,000 took part, 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.

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Vatican officials have stressed that Saturday’s event was thoroughly religious, not political. But the gathering nevertheless took on the air of an anti-war rally, with protesters holding up Syrian flags and banners in the square reading “Don’t attack Syria” and “Obama you don’t have a dream, you have a nightmare.” A few rainbow “Peace” flags fluttered in the breeze.

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-faith/tens-of-thousands-answer-popes-call-fill-st-peters-for-syria-peace-vigil/2013/09/07/03d0accc-17e3-11e3-961c-f22d3aaf19ab_story.html

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Reply Vatican: 100,000 answer pope’s call, fill St. Peter’s Square for Syria peace vigil (Original post)
Catherina Sep 2013 OP
LittleBlue Sep 2013 #1
Catherina Sep 2013 #3
KittyWampus Sep 2013 #2
NuclearDem Sep 2013 #4
KoKo Sep 2013 #5
liberal_at_heart Sep 2013 #6
reformist2 Sep 2013 #7
sabrina 1 Sep 2013 #8
NCarolinawoman Sep 2013 #9
Coyotl Sep 2013 #10
Raksha Sep 2013 #11

Response to Catherina (Original post)

Sat Sep 7, 2013, 03:47 PM

1. Good for them

I'm glad the pope is taking a forceful stand on this

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Response to LittleBlue (Reply #1)

Sat Sep 7, 2013, 03:52 PM

3. Me too. Just updated to add the live video

I feel like crying watching it, wondering what's wrong with those men in DC and their friends.

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Response to Catherina (Original post)

Sat Sep 7, 2013, 03:48 PM

2. Praying for Peace.

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Response to Catherina (Original post)

Sat Sep 7, 2013, 03:56 PM

4. I'll add this to the list:

Conservatives, evangelicals, liberals, communists, anarchists, and now Catholics all rallying against this war.

I'm no fan of religion, but Pope Francis did the right thing.

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Response to Catherina (Original post)

Sat Sep 7, 2013, 03:57 PM

5. Wonderful. I'm so glad to see this Pope defending Peace before we attack.

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Response to Catherina (Original post)

Sat Sep 7, 2013, 03:59 PM

6. That's beautiful. Glad to see it.

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Response to Catherina (Original post)

Sat Sep 7, 2013, 04:11 PM

7. For all the differences between Dems and the Vatican, they usually agree on war/peace issues.


I think it's an unappreciated alliance.

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Response to Catherina (Original post)

Sat Sep 7, 2013, 04:16 PM

8. That's beautiful to see. People asking for peace. If it were up to the people of the world,

we have no reason to be killing each other. It is the leaders and the war profiteers who are responsible for all these horrors.

Glad to see so many organizations, religious, national, civil liberties, across the board set aside all their other differences and unite for ending these aggressive policies on the pretext and the stupid theory that War is Peace.

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Response to Catherina (Original post)

Sat Sep 7, 2013, 09:59 PM

9. This is good. Really wonderful.

I am a Protestant. I don't speak Italian and only know basic Latin (from 8th grade. LOL); but the music and seeing ALL those people is really something to behold.

I admire this Pope. He seems a power for good, and what we truly need now is a man of influence advocating for peace.

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Response to Catherina (Original post)

Sat Sep 7, 2013, 10:01 PM

10. Satan wants another war!

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Response to Coyotl (Reply #10)

Sat Sep 7, 2013, 10:41 PM

11. Satan always wants another war, but I think he's in the minority this time.

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