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Pope Francis led a vigil to pray for peace in Syria in St Peter's Square last weekend (CNS)

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Archbishop Francis A Chullikatt, Vatican nuncio to the United Nations, celebrates a Mass for a peace in Syria at St Patrick's Cathedral in New York (CNS)

Archbishop Francis A Chullikatt urges a “cessation, not an escalation of violence” in war-torn country

Pope Francis greets the crowd after praying the Angelus (CNS)

Pope Francis has urged Catholics to say “no’ to violence

The Pope presides at the prayer vigil for Syria (AP)

An estimated 100,000 people attend peace vigil in St Peter’s Square

Syrians wait to cross the border into Iraq (Photo: CNS)

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Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, president of Indonesia, Vladimir Putin and Francois Hollande (Photo: PA)

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Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit in St Petersburg yesterday (AP)

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Cardinal Dolan has acknowledged that the situation in Syria is "complex" (PA)

Cardinal Dolan has urged President Obama not to resort to military action against Syria

Pope Francis arrives at this morning's general audience (AP)

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Free Syrian Army fighters take positions as one of them fires his weapon towards what they say are snipers loyal to Syrian President (CNS)

Pope Francis will lead thousands in St Peter’s Square in a prayer vigil for peace on Saturday evening