Pope Francis has written a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin, host of the G-20 summit that President Obama is attending, urging world leaders to oppose a military intervention in Syria.
“To the leaders present, to each and every one, I make a heartfelt appeal for them to help find ways to overcome the conflicting positions and to lay aside the futile pursuit of a military solution,” the Pope urged. “Rather, let there be a renewed commitment to seek, with courage and determination, a peaceful solution through dialogue and negotiation of the parties, unanimously supported by the international community.”
The move is the latest in a series of efforts by the Holy See to prevent military action in the already civil-war torn region. The Pope also tweeted out the following:
War never again! Never again war!
— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) September 2, 2013
Let us pray for peace: peace in the world and in each of our hearts.
— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) September 1, 2013
With all my strength, I ask each party in the conflict not to close themselves in solely on their own interests. #prayforpeace
— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) September 5, 2013