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Pope leads fasting and prayer day for Syria

Sunday, Sep 08, 2013 - 01:39

Sept.8 - Thousands across the world fast and pray for peace in Syria in response to the call of Pope Francis. Sarah Toms reports.

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Pope Francis at the Vatican called for reconciliation and a global day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria. It comes as the U.S. considers a potential military strike in the war torn region. (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) POPE FRANCIS, SAYING: And thousands of Christians across the world heeded the call. In Jerusalem, worshippers joined a vigil at the Mount of Olives, where Christians believed Jesus prayed before Roman soldiers arrested him and crucified him. People in Bolivia marched through the streets of the capital carrying white flags a symbol of peace. While in the U.S., protesters showed their opposition to military intervention to punish the Syrian government for an alleged chemical weapons attack in August. And in Syria -- the focus of the world's attention -- Roman Catholics prayed that President Barack Obama would hold back from any strike. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SYRIAN MASS ATTENDEE, ELIAS, SAYING: "We are not scared, but he is afraid of striking Syria because our army is strong and here we are, after two and a half years of the crisis. We are still standing firm, we are living and praying and thanking God." Many protesters across the U.S. believe that any action could draw the country into another prolonged war....Obama faces a tough week of trying to convince Capitol Hill to authorise a military strike.

Pope leads fasting and prayer day for Syria

Sunday, Sep 08, 2013 - 01:39

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