‘Please stop!’, Pope Francis makes plea for peace

ROME (Reuters) – Pope Francis made an emotional plea for peace on Sunday in an impromptu addition to comments delivered at his weekly Angelus address in Saint Peter’s Square.


As the Argentinian-born pontiff wrapped up his regular address to the faithful, he spoke of the upcoming centenary of the outbreak of World War One and said his thoughts were on the Middle East, Iraq and Ukraine in particular.


With his voice appearing to crack with emotion, the pope broke off from his scripted remarks to make a direct appeal for fighting to end.


“Please stop!, I ask you with all my heart, it’s time to stop. Stop, please!”


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