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Pope tweets against Syria strike.

VATICAN CITY (TAP) - The Vatican is ramping up its opposition to threatened military strikes against Syria as it draws attention to Pope Francis' plans to host a day of fasting and prayer for peace this weekend.

"To the leaders present, to each and every one, I make a heartfelt appeal for them to help find ways to overcome the conflicting positions and to lay aside the futile pursuit of a military solution," the Pope urged.

"Rather, let there be a renewed commitment to seek, with courage and determination, a peaceful solution through dialogue and negotiation of the parties, unanimously supported by the international community."

Pope Francis has sent a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin urging him and other G20 leaders meeting in St.Petersburg to "lay aside the futile pursuit of a military solution" in Syria.

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Date:Sep 5, 2013
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