09/06/2013 11:50 am ET

Pope Francis Tweets For Peace In Syria With Hashtag #Prayforpeace


Pope Francis has not held back from expressing his vehement opposition to a military strike on Syria, tweeting almost exclusively about peace since September 1st from his @Pontifex handle. While decrying the use of chemical weapons, he has also urged "With all my strength, I ask each party in the conflict not to close themselves in solely on their own interests. #prayforpeace."

The pope's Sunday appearance in St. Peter's Square last week departed from traditional religious themes as the pontiff spoke earnestly about Syria to the crowd. "With utmost firmness, I condemn the use of chemical weapons. I tell you that those terrible images from recent days are burned into my mind and heart," he said. He has called for a worldwide day of prayer and fasting for peace on September 7th.

Take a look at his passionate tweets for peace here:

Pope Francis Tweets For Peace