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Pope Francis Entrusts Suffering of Ecuador to ‘Our Mother’

With This, Opens Week Two of Synod, One Day After Making Urgent Appeal

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Pope Francis has entrusted the suffering people of Ecuador to Our Mother.

The Holy Father did so this morning, Monday, Oct. 14, at the opening of the second week of the Synod on the Amazon,  mourning those who lost their lives in the clashes.

Praying for those “who have been killed in these days, those who have been wounded, persecuted and arrested,” Francis asked Our Lady to «bring peace and accompany us in this moment of suffering, especially for the indigenous people of Ecuador.”

The Holy Father’s prayer comes one day after he made an appeal for the Latin American country during his Angelus address, following the canonization of five blesseds, including John Henry Newman.

In that appeal, he encouraged the seeking of social peace, respect for human rights and joined in the grief of the dead, wounded and dispersed.

According to Vatican News, since violent clashes began almost two weeks ago, dozens have been hurt and arrested, and at least five lives claimed.

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Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, often from the Papal Flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has also asked him questions on the return-flight press conference on behalf of the English-speaking press present. Lubov has done much TV & radio commentary, including for NBC, Sky, EWTN, BBC, Vatican Radio, AP, Reuters and more. She also has contributed to various books on the Pope and has written for various Catholic publications. For 'The Other Francis': or

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