Pope prays for peace in Syria


Pope Francis did a rosary pilgrimage to pray for peace in war-torn Syria.

The pope’s pilgrimage was to the Shrine of Our Lady of Divine Love in Rome, where he prayed the rosary along with Catholic visiting the shrine.

On Sunday the pope announced that he would be making the pilgrimage to “recite the rosary, praying especially for peace in Syria and throughout the world.”

He also invited Catholics to join him on the pilgrimage spiritually, and to pray the Rosary for peace throughout the month of May.

Pope Francis has been a vocal advocate for peace in the Middle East throughout his pontificate. During a Mass in St. Peter’s Square April 8 he condemned the chemical attack in Syria, saying that “nothing can justify” the use of chemical weapons on “defenseless people and populations.”