Pope Francis on Sunday, June 14, 2020, appealed for an end to the violence in Libya that has increased the hardship for many migrants and refugees in the nation.
The Holy Father’s appeal came following his Angelus address in St. Peter’s Square.
“I am following the dramatic situation in Libya with great apprehension and sorrow. It has been present in my prayer in recent days,” the Pope said. “Please, I urge international bodies and those who have political and military responsibilities to recommence with conviction and resolve the search for a path towards an end to the violence, leading to peace, stability, and unity in the country.
“I also pray for the thousands of migrants, refugees, asylum seekers, and internally displaced persons in Libya. The health situation has aggravated the already precarious conditions in which they find themselves, making them more vulnerable to forms of exploitation and violence. There is cruelty. I call on the international community to please take their plight to heart, identifying pathways and providing means to provide them with the protection they need, a dignified condition, and a hopeful future. Brothers and sisters, we are all responsible for this. No one can consider him or herself dispensed from this. Let us all pray for Libya in silence.”