“I am profoundly disturbed by the present world situation, in which, notwithstanding the instruments at the disposition of the International Community, there is difficulty in agreeing to a common action in favour of peace in Syria and in other regions of the world.,” Pope Francis said April 15, 2018 “While I pray incessantly for peace, and I invite all persons of good will to continue doing so, I appeal again to all political leaders, so that justice and peace prevail.”

The Holy Father’s peace appeal came after praying the noonday Regina Coelia in St. Peter’s Square with the assembled crowd. And it came just days after an international coalition of France, Great Britain, and the United States launched missile attacks on Syrian government bases when it is suspected that chemical attacks on civilians originated.