A report from UCA News is being shared on social media in which a Catholic nun claims that she has proof that the footage of the alleged chemical attack in Syria is fake. Mother Agnes Mariam el-Salib, mother superior of St James Monastery in Qara, Syria, doubts on too much video footage taken in so little time.
Source: Screen grab from UCA News
Another basis of her doubt over its authenticity is the absence of the parents of the alleged dead children.
A resident of Syria for the past 20 years and an active observer of the political and military developments in Syria, the nun said she will submit her findings to the UN.
"I maintain that the whole affair was a frame-up. It had been staged and prepared in advance with the goal of framing the Syrian government as the perpetrator," UCA News quoted Mother Agnes.
She pointed out that Reuters made the video public at 6:05 am, while the alleged chemical attack was made between 3 and 5 am in Guta.
"How is it even possible to collect a dozen different pieces of footage, get more than 200 kids and 300 young people in one place, give them first aid and interview them on camera, and all that in less than three hours? Is that realistic at all? As someone who works in the news industry, you know how long all of it would take," she added.
Mother Agnes stressed that there was chemical agent used in the area, "But I insist that the footage that is now being peddled as evidence has been fabricated in advance."
She also hit the media for turning a blind eye to the Latakia massace by rebel extremists that caused the death of 500 civilians, including women and children.
CNN, however, insisted the videos are authentic.
Commenting on the news in Facebook, Frank Padilla, the head of Couples for Christ in the Philippines, noted that former President George Bush fabricated evidence on WMD in Iraq to justify invasion. "Not, it is Obama's turn to fool us all, the big difference with Iraq is that his misadventure will engulf the whole world in flames."
On Saturday, Pope Francis challenged world leaders to rethink their approaches to conflict as the Syrian crisis worsens and the U.S. and France plan a military strike.
"How many conflicts, how many wars have mocked our history? ... Even today we raise our hands against our brother ... We have perfected out weapons, our conscience has fallen asleep, and we have sharpened our ideas to justify ourselves as if it were normal we continue to sow destruction, pain, death. Violence and war lead only to death," Time quoted the pontiff's address during the five-hour evening prayer service for Syria at St Peter's Square.
The prayer service started with Pope Francis leading the recitation of the Rosary, a meditation and a Eucharist ceremony. There were Bible readings from the Gospel of Luke focused on Mary since the Catholic world was celebrating her birthday the next day.
The World Council of Churches, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and religious leaders around the world asked their followers to join Pope Francis during Saturday's prayer and fasting day for Syria.