Hawassa, 25 October, 2022 / 9:20 pm (ACI Africa).
Pope Francis has appealed to political actors in Ethiopia to put to an end the violent conflict in the Horn of Africa nation and the “suffering of the unarmed population”.
Ethiopia’s Tigray region has been ravaged by violence since November 2020 when the Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed-led government ordered a military offensive against the authorities in the country’s Northernmost regional State.
Speaking from the window of the Apostolic Palace on Sunday October 23 after leading the Angelus Prayer, Pope Francis expressed his awareness of the violent conflict in Ethiopia and appealed for dialogue and reconciliation in the Horn of Africa nation.
“I am following the continuing state of conflict in Ethiopia with trepidation,” the Holy Father said, and added, “Once again I repeat with heartfelt concern that violence does not resolve discord, but only increases its tragic consequences.”
He went on to “appeal to those with political responsibility to end the suffering of the unarmed population and to find equitable solutions for lasting peace throughout the country.”