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Eastern Catholic Churches join Pope, appeal for end to violence in Syria

The Congregation for Eastern Churches, through the Vaticans lOsservatore Romano, issued a statement on Syria. In it, theyask for an end to the violence, and for God to light the conscience of world leaders. The Eastern Churches expressed that they havestrengthened their prayer for the Middle Eastern country, at the time when the situation continues to deteriorate.   

The statement said that the Pope's continued appeals for peace in Syria have consoled the entire country, while adding that "reconciliation must be stronger than the clamor of weapons.â? 

"With immense sadness, but along with hope, Eastern Catholics join the Pope in prayer, with the certainty that the God of peace and of each consolation will never abandon the land sanctified since the start of the Rendition,â? the statement read. It closed off by reminding the international community that justice, reconciliation, and the social, personal and religious rights of all the peoples of the Middle East will prevail. 

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