To this end, brothers and sisters, I have decided to proclaim for the whole Church on September 7th, the vigil of the birth of Mary, Queen of Peace, a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, the Middle East, and throughout the world, and I also invite each person, including our fellow Christians, followers of other religions and all [people] of good will, to participate, in whatever way they can, in this initiative.
– Pope Francis
UPDATES: Pope Francis Leads Peace Prayer Vigil for Syria with 100,000 at St. Peter's Square – Nicole Winfield and Albert Aji (Associated Press via Huffington Post, September 7, 2013).
Francis, the Peace Pope – Stephen Schneck (Washington Post, September 9, 2013).
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Peace on Earth Lives On in Pope Francis' Call for Nonviolent Solutions in Syria – Ken Butigan (Waging Nonviolence, September 6, 2013).
Military Solution in Syria Would Be Futile, Pope Tells G20 – Philip Pullella (Reuters via Yahoo! News, September 5, 2013).
Vatican Opposition To Syria Strikes Ramps Up, Pope Francis Calls For Peace Vigil – Nicole Winfield (Associated Press via Huffington Post, September 4, 2013).
Syrian Christians Say Western Attack Could Make Things Worse – John L. Allen Jr. (National Catholic Reporter, September 4, 2013).
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Joins Pope Francis’ Call for Day of Fasting and Prayer for Peace in Syria – United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (September 3, 2013).
Francis Calls for Prayer and Fasting for Peace in Syria – Thomas C. Fox (National Catholic Reporter, September 1, 2013).
Pope Asks Other Faiths to Join Day of Prayer for Peace in Syria – Philip Pullella (Reuters, September 1, 2013).
Grand Mufti Desires to Be in St. Peter's with Pope to Pray for Peace in Syria: Muslims and Other Groups Join in Appeal – Agenzia Fides (September 2, 2013).
What Moral Theologians Are Saying About Getting Involved in Syria – Thomas Reese (National Catholic Reporter, September 3, 2013).
Syria: Six Alternatives to Military Strikes – Sarah van Gelder (Yes!, September 5, 2013).
A War the Pentagon Doesn’t Want – Robert H. Scales (Washington Post, September 5, 2013).
Respond, But How? What We're Missing on Syria – Jim Wallis (Sojourners, September 5, 2013).
Nine Ways the U.S. Has Fueled the Bloody Civil War in Syria – Nicolas J.S. Davies (AlterNet, September 4, 2013).
Eight Arguments Against Going to War with Syria – Stephen Zunes (TruthOut.org, September 4, 2013).
Calling on America to Find Power in Peace – Vina Kay (Opine Season, September 3, 2013).
The Press and the Syria Debate: Neither Neutral Nor Balanced – Conor Friedersdorf (The Atlantic, September 3, 2013).
Why Climate Change May Be Responsible for the Horrors in Syria – James Fallows (AlterNet, September 3, 2013).
Eight Reasons Not to Go to War with Syria – Peter Suderman (Reason.com, August 27, 2013).
Do's and Don'ts for Progressives Discussing Syria – Ramah Kudaimi (Mondoweiss.net, August 27, 2013).
The U.S. Does Have Non Military Options in Syria. Here Are Four of Them – Max Fisher (Washington Post, August 23, 2013).