In words following the recitation of the Marian Prayer on Sunday, Pope Francis highlighted an appeal launched by the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, this week calling for an “immediate global ceasefire in all corners of the world” amidst the current coronavirus pandemic.
Pope Francis on Sunday called for all Christians to respond to the coronavirus pandemic “with the universality of prayer, of compassion, of tenderness”.
“In this situation of pandemic, in which we find ourselves living more or less isolated, we are invited to rediscover and deepen the value of the communion that unites all the members of the Church.”
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From the Library in the Apostolic Palace – instead of his habitual window in the papal apartments, to protect him from the coronavirus threat – Pope Francis on Sunday in the Angelus prayer expressed his “great apprehension” over the “inhuman situation” of Syrian refugees, as well as his “closeness” to sufferers of COVID-19 and their caregivers.
In his Angelus prayer today, Pope Francis said he was “saddened” by the plight of “so many displaced people chased away by war” as Greece blocked the entry of 10,000 Syrian refugees at its border with Turkey.
Pope Francis today in the Angelus deplored the “so many calamities, so many” to which Syria and other places at war are suffering.
In his Angelus address on Sunday, Pope Francis urged Catholics to dispel the darkness lurking in society, and said the Church cannot abandon her mission of evangelization and service.
Pope Francis issued a plea in the Angelus prayer Sunday morning “to guard and protect human life from its beginning to its natural end”, and also “to oppose every form of violation of dignity, also when technology and the economy are at stake, opening wide the doors to new forms of solidary fraternity”.
Ahead of the 75th anniversary Monday of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, Pope Francis recalled this morning at the Angelus prayer the “appalling tragedy” of the Holocaust, insisting that “indifference is admissible and remebrance is a duty”. “Never again, never again”, the pontiff cried, calling tomorrow for “a moment of prayer and of recollection” on the part of all.
Pope Francis has prayed today in the Angelus that the “very important” UN-backed summit Sunday in Berlin on Libya “is the start of a path towards the cessation of violence and a negotiated solution, which leads to peace and the much-desired stability of the country”.
Pope Francis addressed the pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the Angelus prayer and spoke about how Christians today must adopt Jesus’ meek and simple attitude.
Pope Francis has recalled today on the Feast of the Epiphany that “life’s greatness does not consist in having, but in loving”, as he warned against worshipping “the god of money, the god of consumerism, the god of pleasure, the god of success, the god of self”.
“The Holy Family is in solidarity with all families worldwide obliged into exile; it is in solidarity with all those constrained to abandon their land because of repression, violence and war”, Pope Francis said Sunday.