VATICAN: Pope Francis urged prayers for beloved Syria, expressing concern that the conflict there has dragged on for more than two years.
Speaking to a crowd of believers at St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, Pope Francis said that ”this intricate situation of war brings along catastrophic consequences…killing, destruction, massive damage to economy and environment, and the plague of kidnappings.”
”Let’s pray for beloved Syria,” Pope Francis said as an impromptu remark, departing from the text to the applause of thousands of believers who gathered at St. Peter’s Square.
The Pope appealed to the ”humanity” of kidnappers in Syria, urging them to release the hostages and stressing solidarity with their families.
An armed terrorist group abducted on April 22 Greek Orthodox Metropolitan of Aleppo and Iskenderun, Bishop Paul Yazigi and Syriac Orthodox Metropolitan of Aleppo, Bishop John Ibrahim while on a humanitarian mission in Kafr Da’el village in Aleppo countryside.