‘I make my heartfelt appeal to all the parties involved and to the international community to silence the weapons and make every effort to find peaceful solutions…’
After praying the Angelus prayer in Latin with the crowd, Pope Francis noted that he will travel to Marseille, France on Friday to attend a meeting of bishops from the Mediterranean region.
Pope Francis on Saturday invited Catholics in Korea to emulate the zeal of their patron saint, St. Andrew Kim Tae-gŏn, as his statue was blessed at St. Peter’s Basilica.
Francis already met with Bill Clinton earlier this year at the Casa Santa Marta papal residence, though details of that meeting have not been released.
Following his reflection, the Holy Father expressed his ‘closeness to the dear people of Morocco’ and referenced the beatification of the Ulma family, ‘a model for all of us.’
Vietnam and the Holy See have never had full diplomatic relations, a usual prerequisite for a papal trip, but Vietnamese Catholics remain convinced that a papal visit could have a positive impact on the situation facing Christians in the socialist country.
Speaking during his return flight from Mongolia on Sept. 4, the Pope said that there is a joint commission between the Chinese government and the Holy See on the appointment of Catholic bishops in China.
The Pope’s Sept. 4 visit to the House of Mercy, a new charity in the Bayangol district of Ulaanbaatar, was his final stop in a four-day visit to Mongolia.
Pope Francis assured the local missionaries that God can accomplish great things with small numbers.