Pope Francis is following Pope John Paul II's lead in speaking boldly against going to war with Syria, in addition to his strong condemnation of weapons of mass destruction. Here is an excerpt from the Washington Post "On Faith" section:
"His [Pope Francis] admonishment against resorting to arms as a solution recalled the repeated emotional implorations a decade ago by the late Pope John Paul II in a vain attempt to persuade the U.S. administration then led by President George W. Bush not to invade Iraq...
Usually soft-spoken, [Pope] Francis raised his voice as he declared, 'War brings on war! Violence brings on violence!'" He then declared a fast for peace. May we Catholics and others join him for the sake of Syria, for the sake of peace, and for the sake of the Prince of Peace who declared to "Put away the sword. Those who live by the sword will die by the sword."
Our Lady, Jesus' Mother, please pray for the people of Syria and for your Son's followers to be undeniable witnesses to His way in the world, all of us be true Franciscans, followers of St. Francis of Assisi and Pope Francis who are solely instruments of Peace, of the Prince of Peace.