Pope calls for respect for justice and rights in Belarus

Pope Francis sends a virtual hug after delivering his weekly Angelus prayer via video at the Vatican
Pope Francis sends a virtual hug after delivering his weekly Angelus prayer via video at the Vatican, March 15, 2020. Vatican Media/­Handout via REUTERS

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Pope Francis has called for respect for justice and rights in Belarus as mass protests continue to take place following last week’s disputed presidential election.

Belarus has been gripped by protests after President Alexander Lukashenko claimed victory in what the country’s opposition, the European Union and the United States have called an unfair election.

In his greetings following the Angelus on Sunday morning, Pope Francis said that he was following the post-electoral situation in Belarus. He called for dialogue, the rejection of violence, respect for justice and rights.

In his greetings following the Angelus on Sunday morning, Pope Francis said he is continuing to pray for Lebanon, and also remembering in prayer “the many other situations in the world that are causing great suffering to people.”

“I entrust all of Belarus to the Our Lady, Queen of Peace,” Pope Francis said.

During a meeting of EU foreign ministers on Friday, the EU agreed on preparing a list of Belarusian officials to be hit with sanctions following the post-election crackdown on demonstrators.

Pope Francis continued to pray for Lebanon.