Your Opinion: Pope issues plea for peace
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
On Sunday in St. Peter Square, Rome, Pope Francis called for a day of fasting and prayer on Saturday, Sept. 7, for peace in Syria, the Mideast, and the world.
He stated, “I wish to add my voice to the cry which rises up with increasing anguish from every part of the world, from every people, from the heart of each person, from the one great family which is humanity: it is the cry for peace! It is a cry which declares with force: we want a peaceful world, we want to be men and women of peace, and we want in our society, torn apart by divisions and conflict, that peace break out! War never again! Never again war! Peace is a precious gift, which must be promoted and protected.”
“War never again! Never again war!,” echo the identical words of Pope Paul VI in an address to the United Nations on Oct. 4, 1965 (20th anniversary of the UN)].
Pope Paul also quoted words of President John Kennedy in 1961, “Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind.”