Bishops welcome Washington's decision on Syria-A A +A
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
MEMBERS of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) immediately lauded the decision of United States (US) President Barack Obama to set aside plans to conduct military strikes against Syria.
According to CBCP Public Affairs Committee chairman Bishop Deogracias Iniguez and Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles, they attribute the sudden decision of Obama to the massive prayer pushed by Pope Francis.
"That we were one with the Holy Father in celebrating that day as a day of prayer and fasting for peace… Maybe that is the beginning to the answer of prayer and fasting and sacrifice," said Iniguez.
"Thank God for Obama urging Congress to postpone the use of force in Syria. Mama Mary, bring peace of Christ once again to the world," said Arguelles.
Earlier Wednesday, September 11, Obama said they are now considering a possible diplomatic resolution to the Syria situation but insisted that military strikes remain possible.
Obama's declaration comes after Pope Francis led the Roman Catholic faithful in holding the day of prayer for peace in Syria last Saturday. (HDT/Sunnex)