Pope Francis reiterates his appeal for a global ceasefire to allow conflict-torn populations to receive humanitarian aid, and expresses concern for renewed violence in the Caucasus region.
Pope Francis on Sunday appealed for a global ceasefire to combat the coronavirus pandemic that continues to claim lives and wreak havoc on the economy.
Speaking during the Angelus in St. Peter’s Square, the Pope said “In this time in which the pandemic continues, I want to assure all those suffering from the illness of my thoughts and prayers.”
He said his thoughts “go especially to those populations that find themselves in situations of conflict”, adding that “following the recent United Nations resolution I renew my appeal for a global and immediate ceasefire so the necessary humanitarian assistance can be received.
On 1 July, the UN Security Council echoed the Secretary-General’s call for a worldwide ceasefire, to combat the coronavirus pandemic that has already claimed more than half a million lives.
Flare-up of violence between Azerbaijan and Armenia
The Pope then expressed his concern for the flare-up of violence in the Caucasus region and called on the International Community to engage in mediation.