(AMMAN, Jordan) -- Pope Francis spoke out strongly against the violence in Syria on Saturday while in Amman for the first of three days in the Middle East.
Speaking in Italian, the pope offered a prayer for the "criminals," urging their conversion and that they "change their hearts." He broke from his scripted speech to discuss the situation.
"Change the hearts of those who plan wars, convert those who manufacture weapons and sell them. Strengthen the heart of the peacemakers," the pope said near the end of his appearance at a church near the Jordan River.
The pope also said that those selling the weapons are driven by greed to seek profits.
Francis will remain in Jordan overnight before traveling to Jerusalem for day two of his Middle East trip on Sunday.
Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio