(FRANCE24) — Pope Francis has called for the world to unite in a day of fasting and prayer for Syria on Saturday and said “God and history” would judge anyone using chemical weapons.

“May the cry for peace enter the hearts of everyone so that they may all lay down their weapons,” the pope told thousands of pilgrims at the Vatican on Sunday.

The pope announced that the prayers would be led by a five-hour vigil in St Peter’s Square, telling the international community it should make “every effort” for peace.

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