Monday, August 12, 2019

Pope Marks 70th Anniv. of Geneva Conventions; Urges Protection of Life, Human Dignity in War

Pope Francis marked the 70th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions yesterday with a message urging the protection of life and human dignity in armed conflicts, the National Catholic Register reports today (August 12, 2019).

"Let us not forget that war and terrorism are always a serious loss for all humanity," Pope Francis said after his Angelus prayer.

The Geneva Conventions are "important international legal instruments that impose limits on the use of force and are aimed at the protection of civilians and prisoners at times of war," Francis said.

Signed after World War II on August 12, 1949, the four Geneva Conventions protect civilian populations during war, define guidelines for the treatment of prisoners of war, as well as for the wounded and sick.

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