Pope calls violence in Syria 'inhuman,' backs UN cease-fire

  • Syrian Ambassador to the United Nations Bashar al-Ja'afari, far right, addresses the United Nations Security Council Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, at U.N. headquarters after the council voted on a resolution demanding a 30-day humanitarian cease-fire across Syria. The U.N. Security Council has unanimously approved the resolution, demanding a 30-day cease-fire across Syria "without delay" to deliver humanitarian aid to millions and evacuate the critically ill and wounded.

    Syrian Ambassador to the United Nations Bashar al-Ja'afari, far right, addresses the United Nations Security Council Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, at U.N. headquarters after the council voted on a resolution demanding a 30-day humanitarian cease-fire across Syria. The U.N. Security Council has unanimously approved the resolution, demanding a 30-day cease-fire across Syria "without delay" to deliver humanitarian aid to millions and evacuate the critically ill and wounded. Associated Press

  • Syrian Ambassador to the United Nations Bashar al-Ja'afari, center right, sits in the United Nations Security Council chambers, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 at United Nations headquarters. The U.N. Security Council has unanimously approved a resolution demanding a 30-day cease-fire across Syria "without delay" to deliver humanitarian aid to millions and evacuate the critically ill and wounded.

    Syrian Ambassador to the United Nations Bashar al-Ja'afari, center right, sits in the United Nations Security Council chambers, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 at United Nations headquarters. The U.N. Security Council has unanimously approved a resolution demanding a 30-day cease-fire across Syria "without delay" to deliver humanitarian aid to millions and evacuate the critically ill and wounded. Associated Press

 
 
Posted2/25/2018 7:00 AM

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis is denouncing the "inhuman" violence in Syria and is backing a U.N. Security Council-demanded cease-fire so food and medicine can reach desperate Syrians and the sick and wounded can be evacuated.

Francis led thousands of people in St. Peter's Square in praying Sunday for an "immediate" end to hostilities.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

He said: "The month of February has been one of the most violent in seven years of conflict: hundreds, thousands of civilian victims, children, women and the elderly, hospitals have been hit, people can't get food. All this is inhuman."

He insisted: "You can't fight evil with evil."

On Saturday, the U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution demanding a 30-day cease-fire across Syria to deliver humanitarian aid to millions and evacuate the critically ill and wounded.

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