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Pope Makes Appeal for Peace Amid US-Iran Tensions

Observing ‘Terrible Air of Tension,’ Pope Prays for Dialogue & Self-Control

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Amid the US-Iran tensions, Pope Francis has made an appeal for peace.

During today’s Angelus address this Sunday, January 5, 2020, Francis observed “in many parts of the world there is a terrible air of tension. ”

“War,” he continued, “brings only death and destruction.”

“I call on all parties,” Francis appealed, “to keep the flame of dialogue, and self-control, burning and to ward off the shadow of enmity.”

The Holy Father then invited everyone in St. Peter’s Square and following the Angelus to join him in praying in silence “for the Lord to give us this grace.”
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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, at times from the papal flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio, Sky, and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, and EWTN. For 'The Other Francis': or

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