Vatican Calls on Nations to Help Syria
Residents and security personnel gather at the site of an explosion in Damascus, Syria, 10 May. The international community must help bolster Syrias fragile peace plan, which risks unraveling in the wake of one of the deadliest attacks in 14 months of uprisings and conflict, the Vatican spokesman said. (photo: CNS/Khaled al-Hariri, Reuters)
14 May 2012 by Carol Glatz
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The international
community must help bolster Syrias fragile peace plan, which risks unraveling in the wake of one of the deadliest attacks in 14 months of uprisings and conflict, the Vatican spokesman said.
Some 55 people were killed and more than 370
people injured after a two suicide car bombs exploded
near a military compound in Damascus during early
morning rush hour May 10.
The government blamed terrorists for the attack
while the chief of the opposition Syrian National Council,
Burhan Ghalioun, blamed the government for the
bombings, saying it was a tactic to keep people indoors
and not demonstrating against the regime.
Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican
spokesman, expressed the Vaticans strong condemnation
and the heartfelt closeness of the Holy Father and the
Catholic community to the families of the victims.
The written statement May 11 said the latest
violence should encourage all sides to boost and
strengthen their commitment to implementing the Annan
Peace Plan, which has been accepted by all sides in the
The attacks also show that outside help is needed,
The situation in Syria requires a firm and joint
commitment on the part of the entire international
community to implement that plan and, as soon as
possible, to send further observers, Father Lombardi said in the statement.
According to the United Nations, as of May 11
there were 105 military observers scattered across major
cities and flash points in Syria; the U.N. Mission was to
expand and reinforce its presence in those locations.
Father Lombardi said the popes Easter day appeal
for Syria was now more pressing than ever: it is
necessary without delay to make an immediate
commitment to the path of respect, dialogue and