Stop The War in Ukraine And Negotiate, Pope Says

The only reasonable way to address the suffering of Ukrainians is to stop fighting and negotiate, Pope Francis said. Even during his busy six-day journey to Canada, “I did not cease praying for the suffering and battered Ukrainian people, asking God to free them from the scourge of war,” the pope said after praying the Angelus with visitors in St. Peter’s Square July 31.

In War-Torn South Sudan, Starvation is Endemic

Some in the troubled African nation hoped Pope Francis’ visit would foster “reconciliation and peace.”  But because of his ailing knee, the Pope Francis will send the Vatican’s secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, to Africa in his place.