The pope’s homily was read by Cardinal Pietro Parolin.
“The tragic scenes which everyone feared are unfortunately becoming reality,” Cardinal Parolin said on Thursday.
The guidelines were withdrawn on Tuesday.
The Vatican Secretary of State said Tuesday that the Holy See is committed to doing everything it can to help end the Israel-Gaza conflict.
The Vatican has marked World Water Day by urging an end to water waste and contamination.
The Vatican’s Secretary of State kicked off a week-long trip to Cameroon on Thursday in which he will visit a region blighted by clashes between government forces and separatists.
Cardinal Pietro Parolin has written an introduction to a book describing the continuity between Pope Francis and his predecessor Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.
Pope Francis will make the final decision on when to publish a highly-anticipated report on former cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin said Thursday.
Although investigators are looking into a controversial Vatican investment in a luxury London property development, whether the deal was corrupt is still an open question, Pope Francis said Tuesday.
The Vatican Secretary of State told CNA this week that he is responsible for arranging a controversial loan for the purchase of a bankrupt Italian hospital, and that he arranged with Cardinal Donald Wuerl a grant from the U.S.-based Papal Foundation to cover the loan when it could not be repaid.