What is the role of religion in peacemaking or in countries like Syria?

The world’s major religions share a common commitment to promoting peace and justice for all people. Many have humanitarian organizations that provide relief services to countries ravaged by war. For instance, in the Catholic Church, Catholic Relief Services and Caritas offer humanitarian aid all over the world, including Syria. Throughout history, the pope has served as an arbitrator between nations caught in conflict. Because there are Catholics of every race and on every continent and in every nation, the pope is able to be impartial in encouraging the disputing countries to arrive at a peaceful and equitable solution that promotes the human dignity of all parties involved.

from Caitlin Kennell Kim and the Busted Halo Question Box

Photo credit: Woman walks past house destroyed in airstrike in Syria. (CNS photo/Ahmed Jadallah, Reuters)