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Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address yesterday (Vatican Media)

Pope Francis yesterday appealed for world leaders to act responsibly, cultivate peace, and pursue negotiations to ongoing conflicts and wars. Source: Vatican News.

“May the Holy Spirit enlighten the minds of rulers, instil in them wisdom and a sense of responsibility, to avoid any action or word that fuels confrontation and instead aim resolutely at a peaceful solution to conflicts.”

He made the appeal during his weekly Angelus address, as he recalled the tragic events happening in the Holy Land and in Ukraine, and said that to overcome conflicts, “negotiations are required.”

Addressing the faithful gathered in St Peter’s Square, and all following from afar, the Pope discussed the wars plaguing the world.

“Let us continue to pray for peace,” Francis urged, recalling in a special way, Ukraine, Palestine, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Israel.

Noticing an Israeli flag being waved by pilgrims in St Peter’s Square, the Pope recalled also having seen it hanging earlier yesterday morning from a balcony as he was returning from the Church of the Holy Forty Martyrs and St Paschal Baylon, in Rome’s Trastevere neighbourhood.

“It is a call to peace!” he stressed.

“Let us pray for peace!” the Pope appealed, as he remembered in a special way “tormented Ukraine, which suffers so much.”

“Let there be peace!” he said, calling on rulers to act responsibly and work to end conflicts.


Pope: Conflicts require peaceful solutions, negotiations (By Deborah Castellano Lubov, Vatican News)