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In a stunning break of silence, Pope Francis I announced his opposition to any Western attack on Syria, even if he also denounced any use of chemical weapons by any side, on the premise that war will not solve the problem there, and only peace could. He was joined immediately by the Greek Orthodox Catholics patriarch, and by the Anglican Archbishop, in what is a rare converge of Roman and Orthodox Catholic action, not seen since the Great Schism of 1054. Both sides agreed to observe vigil on a day of prayer set on September 7, 2013, which is this coming Saturday. That day may be the one single day when the two branches of Catholicism will be praying together in the largest numbers since 1054. Ironic that a war between the Sunni's and Shiites should lead to a reunification of the Roman and Orthodox Catholic churches.|
Reason for this historic action?
The growing realization that the real victims, and perhaps, the real targets of what is made to appear like a conflict between two branches of Islam, are the Orthodox Christians living there, who depend on a dictator to protect them, unpopular as he may be. The Bible has a precedent for this, when Nebuchadnezzar was blessed by God in his conquest of Egypt. The Great Tribulation of the true Christians who endured physical harm and mental stress for their faith in the Middle East is becoming better known and appreciated around the world. When the Pope speaks out on matters of morality, including war, it becomes a major force that will very likely shape world events. We shall see.