Pope Francis Recommended by Argentinian Leaders for Nobel Peace Prize

International   |   Lauren Enriquez   |   Dec 6, 2013   |   6:41PM   |   Washington, DC

Due to his dedication to peace in Syria, Argentinian lawmakers have recommended that Pope Francis be the next recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. The recommendation is awaiting ratification in the Argentinian senate.

The pope, whose position against violence and oppression on Syria has been clear and public, has gained the admiration of peace advocates around the world.

The Argentinian representative who sponsored the recommendation described Pope Francis’ commitment to peace, saying that the Holy Father is,
…A man who throughout this year has been decisive in maintaining international peace through his clear position regarding the conflict in Syria.

Notably, the Holy Father called for an international Day of Fasting and Prayer for Peace among religious and non-religious persons alike for Syria this past September 7. The pope has also written about his opposition to the violence in Syria and to the possibility of military interference, which was considered by international leaders after reports surfaced that the country’s president had used chemical weapons on his own people, killing over 1,400. Military intervention could have exacerbated the problem by bringing more violence.

Pope Francis rallied international leaders to consider peace, in a letter he sent to Vladimir Putin while the Russian president was hosting the G-20 summit:
To the leaders present, to each and every one, I make a heartfelt appeal for them to help find ways to overcome the conflicting positions and to lay aside the futile pursuit of a military solution.

Pope Francis has even taken to Twitter to exhort the nations to peace:

Meanwhile, on pro-life issues, the U.S. Conference of Catholic bishops has produced a new video honoring the pro-life spirit and mission Pope Francis has had thus far since becoming the leader of the Catholic Church.

Recently, Pope Francis blessed a disabled man who suffered from growths all over his head and body, the leader of the Catholic Church took the time to bless a severely disfigured man without a face.



The disabled man who made international headlines after Pope Francis blessed him was greatly appreciative of the Pope taking his time to bless him. Now, Pope Francis paused during his weekly audience to greet another disfigured person, showing his sensitivity to the dignity and worth of human life no matter what physical conditions they face.

Pope Francis stopped to speak to and hug the man who lacked facial features.