Bishop Declan Lang, Chair of the Bishops' Conference Department for International Affairs, has called the killing of civilians in Eastern Ghouta a "grievous offence to our common humanity" and criticised the international community for failing to protect innocent people over seven years of war, conflict and turmoil in Syria.
"The slaughter of civilians, including many children, in Eastern Ghouta is a grievous offence to our common humanity.
"Their suffering underscores how over seven years of conflict in Syria, the international community has failed to protect the innocent.
"In this dark moment I urge Catholics in England and Wales to pray for the people of Eastern Ghouta and Syria; to encourage our own government to help end the violence; and to support generously those humanitarian agencies that are bravely working to save lives."
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