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Pope Francis appeals for an end to Sudan's civil war

February 18, 2024 at 12:30 pm

Pope Francis arrives in Vatican City, Vatican on October 27, 2023 [Riccardo De Luca/Anadolu Agency]

Pope Francis appealed on Sunday to Sudan’s warring factions to put an end to a 10-month conflict that has seen millions displaced and prompted warnings of famine, Reuters reports.

“I ask again the warring parties to stop this war, which causes so much damage to the people and the future of the country”, Francis said during his Angelus message.

“Let’s pray so that avenues of peace will soon be found for the future of beloved Sudan”, he added.

Diplomatic efforts have so far failed to end the civil war in Sudan that pits the country’s armed forces and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF).

In his traditional Sunday address, the pope also mentioned conflicts in Mozambique, Ukraine and the occupied Palestinian territories.

“Wherever there is fighting populations are exhausted, they are tired of war, which is always useless, inconclusive and will only bring death and destruction and will never lead to a solution to the problem,” Francis said.

READ: 5 million people in Sudan face ’emergency levels’ of hunger: UN