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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

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.”

Pope Appeals for Peace in 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.

About Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is a 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, and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio 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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