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Pope Francis issued a series of appeals for prayers for peace in different parts of the world after praying the Angelus in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday.
Pope Francis prayed for the “beloved people of Nicaragua”. He expressed his wish to join the efforts of the Nicaraguan bishops and those of goodwill who are involved in the national dialogue on the road to democracy.
The Pope then also prayed for Syria. He mentioned the recent attacks which took place in the province of Daraa, after the military struck schools and hospitals. He renewed his prayers for the Syrian people.
The Pope also welcomed the news that after 20 years the governments of Ethiopia and Eritrea are talking of peace. The two countries share a common culture, language and history but have gone to war in 1998 over a border town. Although both are parties to a peace deal, neither complied. Ethiopia’s new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed promised to fully comply with the accord.
The Pope also prayed for the young Thai boys who have been trapped in an underground cave in Thailand for over a week.
12 boys aged 12 to 16 and their soccer coach have been trapped in the cave with rescue searchers still trying to reach them.