Pope Francis waves to faithful from his pope-mobile as he arrives for his weekly general audience in St Peter's Square at the Vatican. Picture: Alessandra Tarantino

Vatican City -

Pope Francis prayed Wednesday for a Switzerland peace conference on the Syrian crisis to end in reconciliation, calling on the warring sides to resolve a conflict estimated to have killed more than 130 000 people.

The pontiff called on all parties “to spare no effort in urgently ending violence and a conflict which has already caused too much suffering,” and prayed for “a decisive path to reconciliation, understanding and reconstruction”. - Sapa-AFP