December 22, 2014
‘War is not to be waged in the name of God’
Pope Francis renewed his call for prayer and assistance for the suffering populations of Iraq in the traditional Angelus prayer at St. Peter’s Square. He also offered appeals for peace in Gaza and expressed his concern over the Ebola outbreak in Africa.
Francis expressed his dismay for the situation in Iraq, where “thousands of people, including many Christians [are] driven from their homes in a brutal manner” and stressed that it “gravely offends God and humanity”.
“Hatred is not to be carried in the name of God! War is not to be waged in the name of God!,” the Pope exclaimed.
He referred to the Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, Cardinal Fernando Filoni, saying he has been appointed as the Pope’s personal envoy in Iraq. Cardinal Filoni is leaving for Iraq tomorrow, Francis announced.
The Pontiff also called for peace between the Israeli government and Hamas leaders, calling for the end of “a war that cuts down innocent victims and does nothing but worsen the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians”.
“We also pray for the victims of the Ebola virus and for those who are fighting to stop it,” the Pope said.
TRIP TO KOREA
In his prayer, Francis confirmed his next apostolic trip to South Korea, from Wednesday to next Monday.
“Please, accompany me with prayer!,” he said.