Pope Francis asked for peace and reconciliation in Venezuela, before carrying out his traditional midday Angelus prayer.
Addressing the pilgrims and tourists gathered in St. Peter’s Square, the Holy Father renewed his call for solidarity with the people of Venezuela, only a few days before the celebration of Independence Day in that nation, on July 5th, 2017.
Pope Francis, referring to the often violent protests in the country that began in March 2017, after a constitutional crisis and subsequent political stagnation that has not yet broken, said:
“I promise my own prayers for this beloved nation [Venezuela] and express my closeness to the families that have lost their children in the streets.”
Nearly one hundred people have already been killed as a result of the government’s strong crackdown on protests by civilians who claim their right to a better life situation.
Pope Francis, before imploring the intercession of Our Lady of Coromoto – Patroness of Venezuela – and leading the faithful gathered under the window of the papal apartments in the recitation of the Ave Maria, also expressed:
“I call for an end to the violence, and a peaceful and democratic solution to this crisis.”