Pope's quotes: End to war and violence

A quote from Pope Francis:

"Together we solemnly plead for an end to war and violence in the Middle East, a just and lasting peace and the honorable return of those forced to abandon their homes. We ask religious communities to increase their efforts to receive, assist and protect refugees of all faiths, and that religious and civil relief services work to coordinate their initiatives. For as long as the need exists, we urge all countries to extend temporary asylum, to offer refugee status to those who are eligible, to expand their relief efforts and to work with all men and women of good will for a prompt end to the conflicts in course.”

-- Joint declaration with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens, April 16, 2016

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