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Religion In The Public Square - Pope Francis advocates for peace building not war
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Concern about the growing tensions between the United States and Iran has been bubbling within the Vatican, as Pope Francis and high-ranking prelates urge global leaders to employ self-restraint and dialogue.
“Dear brothers and sisters, in many parts of the world there is a terrible feeling of tension in the air,” Pope Francis told the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square after his Angelus prayer on Sunday (Jan. 5).
“War brings only death and destruction,” he continued. “I call upon all parties involved to fan the flame of dialogue and self-control, and to banish the shadow of enmity.”
Though Francis did not refer directly to Iran or the United States, the timing of his words coincided with the rising hostility between the two countries, which led Vatican observers to view the pope’s words as a direct appeal to the two parties in question.
Here at UU A Way Of Life, we remind Unitarian Univeralists that we covenant together to affirm and promote the goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all. We at UU A Way Of Life will do everything we can to prevent escalation of war and work for peaceful resolutions to internation conflicts and disagreements. A focus of these efforts is supporting political candidates who are peace builders and not war hawks.