Pope Francis Urges Disarmament Following Assassination of Haiti President

Pope Francis Urges Disarmament Following Assassination of Haiti President


ROME — Pope Francis remembered the people of Haiti in prayer Sunday, urging that all “lay down weapons” following the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse.

“In recent days my prayer has often been aimed at Haiti, following the assassination of its President and the wounding of his wife,” the pontiff said after his weekly Angelus address, delivered from the Gemelli Hospital where he is recovering from surgery.

Uniting with the Haitian Catholic bishops, Francis issued a “heartfelt appeal” to “lay down weapons, choose life, choose to live together fraternally in the interest of all and in the interest of Haiti.”

“I am close to the beloved Haitian people,” he said. “I hope that the spiral of violence will cease and the nation can resume the journey toward a future of peace and harmony.”

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On Thursday, the pope condemned the murder of Moïse, while offering his condolences

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