Pope Francis appealed October 13, 2019, for peace in Ecuador, where violence in recent days has included riots and attacks on government buildings. His remarks came during the Angelus prayed with the faithful in St. Peter’s Square.
“Together with all the members of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazonian Region, especially those from Ecuador, I follow with concern all that is happening in the last weeks in that country,” the Holy Father said. “I entrust it to our common prayer and to the intercession of the new Saints, and I unite myself to the grief for the dead, the wounded and the dispersed. I encourage the seeking of social peace, with particular attention to the most vulnerable populations, to the poor and to human rights.”