The Holy Father made the remarks during a meeting Thursday with a Catholic order of knighthood that supports the Holy Land.
Invoking the Virgin Mary as the Queen of Peace and Mother of Mercy, Pope Francis implored her in St. Peter's Basilica to “intercede for our world in danger and turmoil” and to “convert those who fuel and foment conflicts.”
Pope Francis reflected on Jesus’ words: “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”
Pope Francis applauded the United Nations Security Council Sunday for its recent resolution calling for an immediate global ceasefire amid the coronavirus pandemic.
War is madness, Pope Francis told bishops gathered in the Italian city of Bari in a speech that warned against populist sentiments and condemned countries that sell weapons that fund wars in the Middle East.