Peace and reconciliation in Mideast, Africa, and Asia
Francis delivered his traditional "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and the world), calling for global unity and help for nations suffering from conflicts and humanitarian crises.
He called for peace and reconciliation in Syria, Yemen, Libya,
Nagorno-Karabakh, South Sudan, Nigeria and Cameroon and Iraq, which he is due to visit in early March.
He also asked to comfort those suffering from humanitarian crises or natural disasters in Burkina Fasso, Mali, Niger, the Philippines and Vietnam.
Source: Reuters on yahoo.com, "Urbi et Orbi"
, Dec 25, 2020
The arms race wastes precious resources
[On military spending]: "The arms race wastes precious resources that could be better used to benefit the integral development of peoples and to protect the natural environment," the pope said. "In a world where millions of
children and families live in inhumane conditions, the money that is squandered and the fortunes made through the manufacture, upgrading, maintenance and sale of ever more destructive weapons are an affront crying out to heaven," he added.
Source: San Juan Daily Star on Pope's visit to Japan
, Nov 26, 2019
Supports the Iran nuclear deal
Here are some of the major issues on which Pope Francis differs from most Republican politicians:
He supports the Iran nuclear deal. Last week, at the International Atomic Energy Agency conference in Vienna, the Vatican's foreign minister praised
President Obama's agreement, saying that "the way to resolve disputes and difficulties should always be that of dialogue and negotiation."
He recognizes Palestinian statehood.
He wants to open Cuba.
Source: Washington Post coverage of Pope Francis' 2015 U.S. visit
, Sep 19, 2015
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