Pope Francis appeals for justice to be respected in Belarus

WION Web Team
New Delhi Published: Aug 16, 2020, 05:53 PM(IST)

In this file photo taken on October 7, 2019 Pope Francis ponders during the opening of the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon Region in the Vatican Photograph:( AFP )

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"I appeal for dialogue, to refuse violence and respect justice and rights," the pontiff said in his Sunday Angelus message, speaking from his balcony in St. Peter's Square.

Pope Francis on Sunday called for justice and rights to be respected in Belarus, where tens of thousands of people have been taking to the streets urging President Alexander Lukashenko to quit after allegedly rigged presidential election.

"I appeal for dialogue, to refuse violence and respect justice and rights," the pontiff said in his Sunday Angelus message, speaking from his balcony in St. Peter's Square.

The pope added that his thoughts were with "dear Belarus" and that he had closely followed the situation after the vote.

The European Union is looking to impose sanction on Belarus as a response to a violent crackdown in which at least two protesters have been killed and thousands detained. 

Pope Francis also said that he kept praying for Lebanon and "other dramatic situations in the world that cause suffering".

Lebanon is in turmoil after an August 4 blast at Beirut's port killed more than 172 people, injured 6,000, left 300,000 homeless and destroyed swathes of a city already in deep financial crisis. 

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