The Vatican launched an initiative titled "Winds of Peace" for Syria and the cessation of violence in it, consisting of messages broadcast during the football matches of the Italian Liga held on this weekend.
The initiative is organized by the Pontifical Council for the Family, the Caritas charity, and the Liga, and it will involve writing "winds of peace for Syrian families" on the pitch at stadiums where Liga matches will be held on January 18th and 19th.
Vatican previously issued a statement based on what came out of a day-long closed-door workshop hosted by the Pontifical Academy for Sciences.
The statement urged world leaders to stop the flow of arms into Syria and to press for an immediate and complete ceasefire with no political preconditions.
It said that "the conflict in Syria has drawn its violent force from the conflicts and deep distrust in the region", noting that "a successful and long-lasting peace in Syria, will only come when it’s built on addressing and resolving all the violence and rivalries tearing apart the region".
In his speech to diplomats on January 13, Pope Francis said what is needed is "a renewed political will to end the conflict" in Syria.
He said he hoped the Geneva peace talks "will mark the beginning of the desired peace process. At the same time, full respect for humanitarian law remains essential. It is unacceptable that unarmed civilians, especially children, become targets".
He also encouraged everyone to make sure urgently needed aid could reach all Syrians, and he praised those countries, "especially Lebanon and Jordan, which have generously welcomed to their territory numerous refugees from Syria".