02/09/2013 07:11 BST | Updated 02/11/2013 05:12 GMT

Pope Francis Calls For Day Of Fasting & Prayer For Peace In Syria

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Pope Francis has called for a day of fasting and prayer to end the conflict in Syria and promote peace.

He urged people of all faiths to join in the 7 September initiative as he made his address to tens of thousands of people, in St Peter’s Square on Sunday.

“War, never again,” Reuters quotes him as saying.

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Pope Francis addresses the crowds at St Peter's Square on Sunday

“Violence never leads to peace, war leads to war, violence leads to violence.”

The Pope echoed his views on Twitter on Monday.

He also condemned the use of chemical weapons, Vatican Radio reports.

In an apparent reference to Syria, he said: "With utmost firmness, I condemn the use of chemical weapons. I tell you that those terrible images from recent days are burned into my mind and heart.

“There is the judgement of God, and also the judgement of history, upon our actions, from which there is no escaping."

The prayer vigil will take place in the square from 7pm until midnight, the Associated Press said.

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