· Pope Francis' new appeal for the Middle East and Ukraine ·
Concerned by the news arriving from Iraq and other Middle Eastern countries, Pope Francis launched a new appeal for persecuted Christians, asking the faithful to “persevere in praying for the situations of tension and conflict that continue in different areas of the world, especially in the Middle East and Ukraine”. At the Angelus on Sunday, 20 July, in St Peter's Square, after reflecting on the Gospel parable of grain and weeds, the Pontiff gave a voice to the cries of pain of Christians, in particular those of Mossul, forced to flee the city to escape from threats and violence. “Our brothers and sisters”, he stated, “are persecuted, they are pushed out, forced to leave their houses without the chance to take anything with them”. Francis assured those families and individuals of his closeness and steadfast prayer: “I know how much you suffer, I know that you are deprived of everything. I am with you in your faith in Him who conquered evil”. The Bishop of Rome also entrusted the future of the whole region of the Middle East and Ukraine to prayer, recalling that “Violence is not conquered with violence” but “with peace”.
St. Peter’s Square
Feb. 16, 2019
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