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Angelus: Pope Francis calls for end to violence in Syria

As February was one of the most devastating months in the seven-year Syrian conflict, Pope Francis called for an end to the violence during his Angelus prayer. 

“Brothers and sisters, all of this is inhumane. Evil can’t be combated with another evil, and war is an evil. Therefore, I make my heartfelt appeal for violence to cease immediately, for access to be given to humanitarian aid – food and medicine – and for the wounded and sick to be evacuated.”

On the second Sunday of Lent, the pope reflected on the significance of the Transfiguration, which he said helps Christ's followers grasp the essence of His Passion. 

“This event of the Transfiguration enables the disciples to face the Passion of Jesus in a positive way, without being overwhelmed.”

Pope Francis concluded by urging Catholics to “be more attentive to the voice of God” through contemplation and prayer during the Lenten season. 

More than 15,000 faithful were present in St. Peter's Square, where snow would begin falling just hours later for the first time since 2012.