December 19, 2014
Francis calls for peace in Ukraine, Middle East
Pope Francis called for peace in the Middle East and Ukraine today, speaking after the Angelus in St. Peter’s Square. He also expressed his concern for the plight of Christian communities in the Iraqi town of Mosul.
The Pope then urged all to pray for peace in all situations of tension and conflict in the world, and he especially mentioned the Middle East and Ukraine.
“May the God of peace,” Francis said, “arouse in all an authentic desire for dialogue and reconciliation. Violence cannot be overcome with violence. Violence is overcome with peace!.”
“Let us pray in silence for peace,” he said.
Francis also adressed the situation in Iraq, and referred to the persecutions of Christians. “Today our brothers are persecuted,” he said,"they are banished from their homes and forced to flee without even being able to take their belongings!”
“Dear brothers and sisters, all so persecuted, I know of your suffering […] I am with you in your faith with Him who has vanquished evil,” the Pope said. “Let us ask Our Lady to help us grow in patience and in mercy,” he concluded.