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.