Pope in Colombia appeals for ‘rejection of violence in political life’

2017-09-10 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis has appealed for “the rejection of all violence in political life” and for an end to the crisis in Venezuela, while on his Apostolic Visit to Colombia.

The Holy Father made the appeal following the prayer of the Angelus on Sunday in Cartagena.

Listen to Devin Watkins' report:

In greetings following the Angelus, Pope Francis said, “I assure all of you of my prayers for each of the countries of Latin America, and in a special way for neighbouring Venezuela.”

He expressed his closeness to the people of Venezuela, “as well as to all those who have found a place of welcome here in Colombia.”

“I appeal for the rejection of all violence in political life and for a solution to the current grave crisis, which affects everyone, particularly the poorest and most disadvantaged of society,” he said.

Finally, Pope Francis asked the Blessed Virgin Mary to intercede “for all the world’s needs and for every one of her children.”

Please find the official English translation of the Pope’s remarks below:

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

I assure all of you of my prayers for each of the countries of Latin America, and in a special way for neighbouring Venezuela.  I express my closeness to all the sons and daughters of that beloved nation, as well as to all those who have found a place of welcome here in Colombia.  From this city, known as the seat of human rights, I appeal for the rejection of all violence in political life and for a solution to the current grave crisis, which affects everyone, particularly the poorest and most disadvantaged of society.  May the Most Blessed Virgin Mary intercede for all the world’s needs and for every one of her children. 

I greet those who have come here from different places, as well as all those who are following my visit on the radio and television.  I wish you all a blessed Sunday.  And please, do not forget to pray for me.

(from Vatican Radio)