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Pope disturbed by terrible images from Syria

Sunday - 8/25/2013, 7:18am  ET

Pope Francis delivers his messagel during the Angelus prayer in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013. The Pontiff says he is pained by the "terrible images" of atrocities emerging from Syria and is urging the international community to step up its efforts to end the civil war there. Francis told tens of thousands of people in St. Peter's Square Sunday that Syrian and rebel forces must put down their arms and use dialogue. He renewed his call for dialogue as the U.S. considers a military response to the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis says he has been disturbed by "terrible images" of atrocities occurring in Syria, and he is urging the international community to step up its efforts to end the civil war there.

Francis told tens of thousands of people in St. Peter's Square on Sunday that Syrian and rebel forces must put down their arms. He renewed his call for dialogue as the U.S. considers a military response to the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria last week.

Francis cited the intensification of the "war among brothers," including massacres and "atrocious deeds," and he urged the international community to "put all its efforts" toward helping Syria find a solution to this "tragic situation."

He also expressed solidarity for the victims and all those suffering, especially the children.


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