ROME, 9 (EUROPE PRESS TELEVISION)
Pope Francis called for a “world totally free of nuclear weapons”, due to the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, in addition to “collaborating for the common good” of Lebanon, a country whose capital registered some explosions that left more than 150 killed and about 6,000 injured.
“On the 6th and 9th of August 1945, 75 years ago, the tragic atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki took place. While I remember with emotion and gratitude the visit I made to these places last year, I renew my invitation to pray now we commit ourselves to a world totally free of nuclear weapons ”, began the prayer of the Angelus this Sunday.
The Pope also dedicated a few words to Lebanon, after his capital, Beirut, suffered several explosions at the city’s port: “Last Tuesday’s catastrophe invites everyone, starting with the Lebanese, to collaborate for the common good of this beloved country . “
As the pontiff pointed out, Lebanon has a “peculiar identity”, the result of the meeting of several cultures, which has emerged over time as a model of coexistence. “Of course, this coexistence is now very fragile, we know that, but I pray that, with God’s help and the loyal participation of all, I can be reborn free and strong,” he said.
In this sense, Francis invited the Church of Lebanon to “be close to the people of Calvary, as they are doing today, with solidarity and compassion, with an open heart and hands to share”.
Finally, he called for “generous help from the international community” and asked Lebanese bishops, priests and religious to “stay close to the people and live a lifestyle marked by evangelical poverty, without luxuries, because their people suffer, and suffer a lot ”.
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