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On Flight to Armenia, Pope Comments on Britain's Referendum

Also Expresses Satisfaction for Signing of Ceasefire in Columbia Between Government, FARC Rebels

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In the wake of Britain’s vote Thursday to leave the European Union, Pope Francis has commented that this change must be followed by “guarantees” for the good of both Britain and countries on the continent.
According to Vatican Radio, while speaking to journalists aboard the papal flight headed from Rome toward the Armenian capital of Yerevan, Francis said the referendum result must be respected because it was wanted by the people.
“It was the will expressed by the people and this requires a great responsibility on the part of all of us to guarantee the good of the people of the United Kingdom, as well as the good and co-existence of the European continent,” he said.
The Pontiff also expressed his satisfaction for the signing of a ceasefire in Columbia between the government and the FARC rebels, noting, “I am happy for this news that I received yesterday. Over 50 years of war, of guerrilla warfare, so much spilt blood.”
“It was good news,” he said.
The Holy Father expressed his hope that the nations that have worked to mediate the accord manage to set it in stone so that it can never be reversed.
Pope Francis concluded, saying, “My best wishes go to Colombia that is now taking this step.”

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