Pope backs U.N. chief's call for global ceasefire to focus on coronavirus

Published March 29, 2020, 11:12 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Reuters

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis on Sunday backed a call by United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for a global ceasefire so the world can focus on fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

FILE PHOTO: Pope Francis is pictured at St. Peter's Square during an extraordinary "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and the world) blessing - normally given only at Christmas and Easter - as a response to the global coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, at the Vatican, March 27, 2020. REUTERS/Yara Nardi/Pool/File Photo
Pope Francis is pictured at St. Peter’s Square during an extraordinary “Urbi et Orbi” (to the city and the world) blessing – normally given only at Christmas and Easter – as a response to the global coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, at the Vatican, March 27, 2020. (REUTERS/Yara Nardi/Pool/File Photo/MANILA BULLETIN)

Speaking at his weekly blessing, Francis appealed to everyone to “stop every form of bellicose hostility and to favor the creation of corridors for humanitarian help, diplomatic efforts and attention to those who find themselves in situations of great vulnerability”.

Guterres made the appeal on Monday.

 
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