· At the Angelus the Pontiff denounces human trafficking and wishes the Far East a happy Lunar New Year ·
The Pope calls for prayers for his visit in Mexico and his meeting with Patriarch Kirill
“Only a political solution to the conflict will be able to guarantee a future of reconciliation and peace to that dear and martyred country”. Pope Francis launched a new appeal for Syria at the Angelus on Sunday, 7 February, inviting everyone to “pray together to Our Lady for beloved Syria”.
The Pontiff recited a Hail Mary with the faithful in St Peter's Square, after confiding to them that he is following with deep concern “the dramatic circumstances of the civil populations involved in the violent conflicts in beloved Syria, forced to abandon everything in order to escape the horrors of war”. He then wished that “with generous solidarity, the necessary help is given to them in order to secure their survival and dignity”. The Pope also urged the international community to “bring the concerned parties to the negotiating table”.
Previously, the Pontiff's meditation was centred on Sunday's Gospel. Commenting on the call of Jesus' first disciples (Lk 5:1-11), Francis explained that to “go in search, ‘fish’ for men and women” is “the logic that guides Jesus’ mission and the mission of the Church”.
St. Peter’s Square
Feb. 15, 2019
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