Holy Father Pope Francis has urged for prayers for peace in Syria and in the world.  His call came during his weekly general audience, where he greeted Arab-speaking pilgrims. Repeated airstrikes attributed to Israel have killed Iranian fighters and prompted threats of reprisal from Tehran.  Syrian state-run media has claimed that Israel struck a military outpost near the capital, Damascus.

As reported by Vatican Radio, Holy Father Pope Francis remarked that “I invite you to cultivate the devotion to the Mother of God with the daily recitation of the Rosary, praying in a special way for peace in Syria and in the entire world.”

The situation in Syria is growing more complex and difficult with new developments.