- Jan 20, 2020
Pope Francis said he hoped that an international summit in Berlin would be the first step toward peace in war-torn Libya.
Days after the assassination of influential Iranian general Qasem Soleimani by the United States, Pope Francis issued an appeal for peace and calm amid what he said is an “air of tension” felt in many places throughout the world.
Pope Francis on New Year’s Day apologized for his “poor example” the night before, when he angrily slapped the hand of a woman in the crowd in front of St. Peter’s Basilica attempting to draw the pontiff to her.
Pope Francis prayed that people all over the world would end 2019 “in peace, peace in their hearts,” and that families would mark New Year’s by “communicating with one another.”
Pope Francis appealed for prayers Sunday for the scores of people who lost their lives in a truck bombing in Somalia’s capital.
“In the joyous climate of Christmas, the memory of the first Christ killed for the faith could appear out of place,” Pope Francis said. “However, precisely in the perspective of the faith, today’s celebration is in harmony with the true meaning of Christmas.”