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Pope 'deeply disturbed' by lack of common response to Syria

AP  |  Vatican City 

told the faithful in St. that he is "deeply disturbed" by the international community's failure to come up with a common response to the crisis in and other parts of the world.

"Despite the tools available to the international community, it is difficult to agree on a common action toward peace in or other regions of the world," the told a crowd of 30,000 after his traditional Sunday blessing.

called on "all people of goodwill" to join him in praying for peace, and appealed to political leaders to help "justice prevail." The spoke after airstrikes by the United States, and Britain aimed at taking out Syria's capacity. That followed a by forces on a rebel-held suburb that killed dozens, including children.

The suffering in has been top among the pope's concerns. last Sunday said "nothing can justify" the use of and called for negotiations.

"There is not a good or a bad war, and nothing can justify such instruments that exterminate defenseless people and populations," the pope said. "Let's pray that the responsible politicians and military leaders choose another path: that of negotiations, the only one that can bring peace.

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First Published: Sun, April 15 2018. 18:45 IST