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Pope Francis Sickened By ‘Atrocious’ Images From Syria

VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - APRIL 14:  Pope Francis attends a Mass in the Papal Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls on April 14, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pope Francis took possession of Saint Paul outside the Walls, another of the four major Roman Basilicas.  (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - APRIL 14: Pope Francis attends a Mass in the Papal Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls on April 14, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pope Francis took possession of Saint Paul outside the Walls, another of the four major Roman Basilicas. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)  (2013 Getty Images)

Pope Francis is urging the international community to step up its efforts to end the civil war in Syria after feeling deeply distributed from seeing the "terrible images" of the atrocities that are occurring.

Francis told tens of thousands of people in St. Peter's Square on Sunday that Syrian and rebel forces must put down their arms. He renewed his call for dialogue as the U.S. considers a military response to the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria last week.

Francis cited the intensification of the "war among brothers," including massacres and "atrocious deeds," and he urged the international community to "put all its efforts" toward helping Syria find a solution to this "tragic situation."

He also expressed solidarity for the victims and all those suffering, especially the children.

Based on reporting by The Associated Press.

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