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VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Catholic Church has been following with concern the radicalization of Syria's civil war. The country hosts a sizable Christian minority, which has mostly sided with Bashar al-Assad during the two-year long conflict.


  1. Well…what steps has the Pope and the King taken to begin this dialogue within Syria? Did they contact the heads of any of the factions to set up a first meeting? Or are they just positioning themselves to look like peacemakers without actually contacting anyone from any faction. Either the story is incomplete or the two men acted in a media conscious fashion but not in reality.

  2. Obama is not listening to either Pope Francis or King Abdullah. As usual, Obama is listening only to Obama.