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Pope prays for an end to violence in the Holy Land and Burkina Faso

In renewed appeals following his Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis calls for prayers and for peace for the countless victims of violence in the Holy Land and Burkina Faso.

By Francesca Merlo

Addressing the faithful gathered in St Peter’s Square for the Sunday Angelus, after the recitation of the Marian prayer, Pope Francis turned his thoughts to the terrible news that continues to come from the Holy Land.

In light of recent tragedies, Pope Francis noted that many people, including children, are being killed and he asked, “How can we put an end to this spiral of violence?”

The Holy Father then renewed, once more, his appeal that "dialogue may reign over hatred and revenge".

“I pray to God for the Palestinians and the Israelis, that they may find the road to fraternity and peace, with the help of the international community”.

Violence in Burkina Faso

Pope Francis then shared his worries regarding the situation in Burkina Faso, where "terrorist attacks continue to take place".

Once again, Pope Francis invited all those following his Sunday Angelus to "pray for the people of that dear country", in the hope that the violence they continue to endure might not lead them to lose hope in their journey of democracy, justice, and peace. 

In recent updates from the west African nation, the so-called Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for killing over 70 soldiers, wounding dozens more, and taking five people hostage in an ambush on a military convoy in the northern part of the country. 

Concluding, Pope Francis asked those present not to forget Ukraine one year after the start of the Russian invasion. “And let us not forget the Syrian and Turkish people, victims of terrible earthquakes”.

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26 February 2023, 12:20