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Syria: Pope warns Barack Obama that military strike would be 'futile'

The Pope has warned US president Barack Obama that targeting Syria with military strikes would be a "futile pursuit".  Foreign ambassadors were summoned to a briefing by Dominique Mamberti, the Vatican's foreign secretary, on Thursday, on the Pope's appeals to halt hostilities in Syria. The Pope's push for a peaceful solution in Syria includes a four-hour vigil to be held in St Peter's Square on Saturday evening.