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‘Nothing can justify’ chemical weapons use – Pope

Pope Francis has condemned the use of chemical weapons after a deadly attack killed dozens of innocent people in Syria.

“There is no good and bad war, and nothing, nothing can justify the use of such instruments of extermination against defenceless people and populations,” the Pope said on Sunday.

A suspected chemical-weapon attack occurred on April 7 when Syrian government planes allegedly bombed the eastern town of Douma, located 15 miles (24km) north of the Syrian capital, Damascus.

The Syrian American Medical Society Foundation reported 42 victims were killed in the attack while hundreds of people showed “symptoms indicative of exposure to a chemical agent”.

 

Manila receives saint’s blood

The Archdiocese of Manila will be the custodian of a precious relic of St Pope John Paul II – his blood, which will be the object of veneration in the Philippine capital starting this month.

Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisw, Pope John Paul II’s former secretary, gave the archdiocese the vial as a gift for the 60th anniversary of Manila Cathedral›s reconstruction after World War II.

“This precious gift…is truly a source of consolation and help especially for those who are suffering physical illnesses,” read a statement from Manila Cathedral.

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