Take Action, But Not Military Action, in Syria Advocate, Pray, and Fast for Peace

Take Action, But Not Military Action, in Syria
Advocate, Pray, and Fast for Peace

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.”

NETWORK invites you to accept Pope Francis’ invitation to all faithful, peace-seeking people to participate in a day of fasting and prayer tomorrow (Saturday), “invoking God’s great gift of peace upon the beloved nation of Syria and upon each situation of conflict and violence around the world.” See the full text of the Pope’s appeal for peace here.  For more information on Saturday’s day of fasting and prayer visit usccb.org/Syria. Find the Vatican liturgy and livestream here. To connect on social media, use the hashtags #Fast4Syria and #PrayforPeace, and share reflections with others on NETWORK’s Facebook page

Invoking God’s great gift of peace, 

Claire Markham

Field Associate


P.S. You can also read statements on the ongoing conflict in Syria from these other Catholic communities: Maryknoll Office of Global ConcernsPax Christi InternationalSisters of Mercy, and Franciscan Action Network.



Human rights, religious freedom called necessary to lasting peace

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Human rights, religious freedom called necessary to lasting peace

By Mark Pattison
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Retired Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick of Washington, back from a recent trip to Jordan, said four essential elements to any long-range peace deal in the Middle East are human rights, religious freedom, an agreement on the Holy Land and forging a “path to peace.”

“The whole question of peace, the whole question of religious liberty, is so important,” Cardinal McCarrick said Sept. 9 at a conference, “Religious Freedom & Human Rights: Path to Peace in the Holy Land — That All May Be Free,” at The Catholic University of America.

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