The voice of Peace
Published by the Visayan Daily Star Publications, Inc.
|NINFA R. LEONARDIA|
Editor-in-Chief & President
NIDA A. BUENAFE
MAJA P. DELY
ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA|
Pope Francis has come out firmly rejecting the war that the President of the United States is espousing, by calling for a “cry for peace through prayers and fasting.”
The head of the Roman Catholic Church is addressing his appeal, not only to Catholics, but to all Christians and believers from other faiths and even non-believers. That is because he knows that, whatever their religious belief, or unbelief, people from every nation want to live in peace and shun war as a means of resolving disputes.
The Holy Father came out strongly in his call for a united petition for the proper guidance and discernment of world leaders, who are being beguiled by the American president, so they can see the plan for what it is, despite attempts to show a humanitarian purpose, a chance for his country to sell its manufactured weaponry.
Already, the countries being approached by President Obama are divided, with one of them, Russia, that he had counted on, refusing outright to be involved in the planned strike against Syria, the embattled state, with its people fighting each other. International reports even say that Russia, not only would not join the United States and the other countries it may have convinced, but will even help Syria, if that strike does happen.
That will surely signal a more intense conflict than what the American President is saying will only be some sort of warning or punitive action for the use by Syria’s leaders of chemical warfare. The motive sounds noble, but what about the consequences? Can the world afford to go through another armed conflict that may be as protracted as others had been in the past?
At this point, the world will do well to heed the anguished appeal of Pope Francis: “Pray, and pray,” and to adopt his call to all: “NEVER AGAIN WAR!”*