"It is everyone's duty to protect children," Pope Francis said today at the end of the general audience, noting that this Friday, Nov. 20, is the United Nation's World Day for the Rights of the Child.

All children must be protected, he said, especially from abuse in all its forms, particularly the shackles of slavery and the brutality of forced military service.

“I hope the international community shall be vigilant over the living conditions of children, especially where they are exposed to recruitment by armed groups; I also hope the international community will help families ensure every child the right to schooling and a wholesome upbringing.”