Yesterday, Pope Francis prayed the Sunday Angelus with, and gave an address to, the Faithful present in Saint Peter’s Square.
He turned his thoughts towards the “numerous popular protests all over the world” that “in these weeks we are witnessing.”
Pope Francis said those participating are “expressing the growing unease of civil society in the face of particularly critical political and social situations.”
He offered his advice to protestors urging them “to present their demands peacefully, without giving in to the temptation of aggression and violence.”
To those being protested, he made an “appeal to all those with public and governmental responsibilities to listen to the voice of their fellow citizens and to meet their just aspirations, ensuring full respect for human rights and civil liberties.”
He also offered his advice to “ecclesial communities living in such contexts, under the guidance of their Pastors, to work for dialogue, always in favor of dialogue, and in favor of reconciliation – we have talked about forgiveness, reconciliation.”
He ended his address, asking the pilgrims to “please do not forget to pray for me.”