With Pope Francis, the Bishops, other faith leaders, and the world community, we at NETWORK deplore ongoing violence in Syria, including the use of chemical weapons on the Syrian people. We are gravely concerned with the suffering of millions of refugees and displaced people. We have issued a statement calling on political leaders to:
-Intensify U.S. diplomatic engagement with other nations in calling for a ceasefire and peace negotiations
-Ensure immediate, unrestricted access by humanitarian organizations to the people of Syria
-Provide humanitarian aid to all those affected by the ongoing violence in Syria and among Syrian refugee communities
NETWORK strongly encourages you to call your Representative, who may be one of many undecided on military action in Syria, and convey the above messages. The number for the Capitol Switchboard is: (202) 224-3121. If you do not know who your representative is, click here.
Coming to a position about how NETWORK should advise decision-makers to proceed was difficult. As we call our political leaders to peaceful action, we also encourage you to mobilize the power of prayer and spiritual community. NETWORK joins Catholic Sisters, including and especially the Sisters of the Good Shepherd in Lebanon and Syria, and all who suffer violence and insecurity, in prayer. Join us and respond to the call of Pope Francis: “We want a peaceful world, we want to be men and women of peace, and we want in our society, torn apart by divisions and conflict, that peace break out! War never again! Never again war! Peace is a precious gift, which must be promoted and protected.”
Invoking God’s great gift of peace,
P.S. You can also read statements on the ongoing conflict in Syria from these other Catholic communities: Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns, Pax Christi International, Sisters of Mercy, and Franciscan Action Network.