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Francis to focus 2017 peace message on non-violence as 'political method'

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Pope Francis will dedicate his annual World Peace Day message this winter to promoting non-violent strategies to prevent and stop global violence, proposing what the Vatican is calling a "political method" to overcome armed conflicts.

"Non-Violence: A Style of Politics for Peace" will be the theme for the Jan. 1, 2017 message, the Vatican announced in a short release Friday.

Catholic nuns under siege in Syria appeal for help

Despite intense bombing and severe food shortages, several Carmelite nuns are refusing to abandon the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo and have appealed for urgent aid.

“The bombs are falling all around us, but we are not going to leave the people in their suffering,” said Sr. Anne-Francoise, a French nun from a community of Discalced Carmelites in Aleppo. “The people here are suffering and dying.”

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