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The Vatican nuncio to the United Nations has said that a military strike on Syria is unjustified and will create a "humanitarian disaster".
Both the United Nations and Russia are independently involved in plans to push the Syrian regime to put chemical weapons under international control.
The United Nations chemical weapons inspection team is due to wrap up its work in Syria this weekend, says the Secretary-General.
"International law says that military action must be taken after a decision by the Security Council," says the joint UN-Arab League Envoy for Syria.
Welcoming and protecting strangers, especially migrants, is "at the core of our mission as churches,” says the Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged sabre-rattling Western powers to look for a diplomatic way forward over the Syrian conflict.
Arguments about policy on Syria have highlighted, among other things, the question of UN structure, functioning and voting power.
It is unconscionable that chemical weapons may have found their way into the conflict in Syria, says the World Council of Churches.
United Nations inspectors probing the possible use of chemical weapons in Syria have begun interviewing witnesses, survivors and doctors and collecting samples.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed his shock at reports of alleged use of chemical weapons in Damascus as a UN team continues to investigate the matter.