The Pontiff highlighted the suffering of children, women, and the elderly during the Syrian conflict.

Pope Francis on Sunday called the Syrian civil war one of the worst humanitarian crises of our time, stressing that a decade of the Syrian conflict should encourage everyone to focus their efforts on ensuring that the devastated country finally finds a “glimmer of hope.”

In mid-March 2011, peaceful pro-democracy protests in Syria turned into a multi-sided conflict in which foreign states intervened. Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed in the conflict; millions have been displaced.

“I repeat once again the call that comes from the depths of my heart for all parties (to the conflict) to show goodwill so that a glimmer of hope opens up to the exhausted population,” the Roman pontiff said, addressing several hundred people in St. Peter’s Square.

Syria has experienced “all kinds of violence and unprecedented suffering,” Pope Francis said, highlighting the situation of the most vulnerable social groups -children, women, and the elderly.

Recall that the pontiff recently returned from a historic trip to Iraq.

Pope Francis has called on the world community to take “decisive” efforts to end the war and promote the economic recovery of Syria.