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12/3/2013 (1 year ago)

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Recommendation comes with pope's declaration to end Syrian conflict with diplomacy, not war

Pope Francis' native land, Argentina, evidently holds him in very high esteem. Argentina's House of Representatives has passed a resolution to nominate Pope Francis for the Nobel Peace Prize for his call to end the violence in Syria. Passed by an overwhelming majority, the resolution now goes to the Senate for ratification.

Reports that chemical weapons had been used against civilians in Syria, killing more than 1,400 people, led to a discussion of possible international military action. Pope Francis at that time called for a Day of Fasting and Prayer for Peace on Sept. 7.

Reports that chemical weapons had been used against civilians in Syria, killing more than 1,400 people, led to a discussion of possible international military action. Pope Francis at that time called for a Day of Fasting and Prayer for Peace on Sept. 7.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

12/3/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in Living Faith

Keywords: Pope Francis Nobel Peace Prize, Syrian civil war, diplomacy


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Pope Francis is "a man who throughout this year has been decisive in maintaining international peace through his clear position regarding the conflict in Syria," Representative Oscar Martinez, who sponsored the resolution, says.

Pope Francis has made repeated calls for peace in Syria since his election to the papacy. Among many other efforts, Francis sent a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin during the G20 Summit in which he called on the international community to work for an end to the violence in Syria and to reject any military intervention.

Dragging on for more than two-and-a-half years, the Syrian conflict has pitted rebel forces against the government of President Bashar al-Assad. Demonstrations against his rule began in that nation sprang up on March 15, 2011.

The Syrian army began to deploy troops to quell the uprisings the following April, in order to prop up that country's ruling Bath party. The violence has since turned  into a civil war which has claimed the lives of more than 115,000 people, of who many are civilian unarmed men, women and children.

There are at least 2.2 million Syrian refugees in nearby countries, most of them in Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey. An additional 6.5 million Syrian people are believed to have been internally displaced by the war.

Reports that chemical weapons had been used against civilians in Syria, killing more than 1,400 people, led to a discussion of possible international military action. Pope Francis at that time called for a Day of Fasting and Prayer for Peace on Sept. 7.

Perhaps in response to these efforts, an international agreement was reached to destroy Syria's chemical weapons without a military strike, after weeks of negotiation.

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