Pope Francis praised the United Nations’ adoption of a global cease-fire resolution amid the coronavirus pandemic that has swept the world.
“The request for a global and immediate cease-fire, which would allow that peace and security necessary to provide the needed humanitarian assistance, is commendable,” the pope said on 5th July, after praying the Angelus with pilgrims gathered in St Peter’s Square.
“I hope that this decision will be implemented effectively and promptly for the good of the many people who are suffering. May this Security Council resolution become a courageous first step toward a peaceful future,” he said.
The resolution, which was first proposed in late March by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, was unanimously passed on 1st July by the 15-member Security Council.
Picture: The UN flag is seen during the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York City on 24th September 2019. On 5th July 2020, the pope backed a UN resolution calling for a global cease-fire. (CNS photo/Yana Paskova, Reuters).