’ Pope at Angelus Appeals Following Libya Air Attack. Remembers Also Victims of Massacres Recently in Afghanistan, Mali, Burkina Faso & Niger. Pope Francis made this appeal as he recalled a recent tragic event in the north African country of Libya that took place in these days, during his Angelus address today, July 7, 2019.
According to the UN, the air strikes on the Tajoura centre, near the country’s capital of Tripoli, is believed to have claimed at least 53 migrants’ lives and injured another 130, reported BBC. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has said the air strikes could constitute a war crime.
“Even though several days have passed, I invite you to pray for the poor helpless people killed or wounded in the air attack that struck a migrants’ detention center in Libya.”
“The International Community cannot tolerate such grave events,” Pope Francis said, noting: “I pray for the victims.”
The Holy Father prayed “the God of Peace take the deceased to Himself and sustain the wounded,” expressing his hope that “humanitarian corridors for the neediest migrants are organized in an extended and concerted way.” Noting he also was remembering the victims of the massacres carried out recently in Afghanistan, Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger, Francis urged, “Let us pray together,” calling for a moment of silence.
After the dramatic appeal, Francis greeted various groups present, including the students of the Saint Ignatius School of Cleveland, in the United States. The Holy Father wished everyone a good Sunday, lunch, and reminded them to pray for him.