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Pope Calls For Renewed Political Will To End Syrian Conflict

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January 13, 2014 AT 6:06 AM
Pope Francis on Monday called for renewed political will to end the conflict in Syria and lamented a "general indifference" to the plight of refugees around the world. In his first "State of the World" address to diplomats from 180 countries accredited to the Vatican, Francis also spoke of his concern over violence in Lebanon, Iraq, Egypt and parts of Africa. "What is presently needed is a renewed political will to end the conflict," the pope said.