Pope Francis issued a plea for peace, especially in the Middle East, at the conclusion of his regular weekly audience on September 2.
Noting that the day was the 70th anniversary of Japan’s formal surrender, ending World War II, the Pontiff prayed “that, by the intercession of Our Lady, today’s world may never again experience the horrors and the appalling suffering of similar tragedies.”
“But it experiences them!” he continued. “Persecuted minorities, persecuted Christians, the madness of destruction, and then those who produce and deal in arms, weapons soaked with the blood of so many innocent people. No more war!”