Sunday, October 23, 2016

Pope Calls for Safety of People Trapped in Mosul; Saddened by Killing of Many, Especially Children

Pope Francis today (October 23, 2016) made an appeal for the safety of citizens trapped inside the embattled Iraqi city of Mosul, according to the Independent Catholic News website.

Speaking to the crowds gathered in St. Peter's Square for the Angelus, Pope Francis said, "I was saddened to hear news of the killing, in cold blood, of many sons and daughters of that beloved land, including many children: This cruelty makes us weep, leaving us without words."

The Holy Father concluded his appeal saying, "Along with this word of solidarity goes assurance of my remembrance in prayer so that Iraq, while gravely stricken, might be both strong and firm in the hope of moving toward a future of security, reconciliation, and peace."

The Pope then invited all those gathered to join him in a moment of silent prayer, before leading the worshipers in the recitation of the Ave Maria.

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