I am especially close to the population of the Tigray region in Ethiopia, struck by a grave humanitarian crisis that could expose the poorest people to famine. Let us pray together that the violence may cease immediately, that food and heath assistance be guaranteed to everyone, and that social harmony be restored as soon as possible.
I join the Canadian Bishops and the whole Catholic Church in Canada in expressing my closeness to the Canadian people. We commend to the Lord the souls of all the children who have died in the Canadian residential schools, and we pray for the grief-stricken indigenous families and communities of Canada.
Let us pray together for the victims of the massacre that took place in a village of Burkina Faso. I am close to the family members and all the Burkinabé people suffering greatly because of these repeated attacks. Africa needs peace, not violence!
This coming 1 July I will meet in the Vatican with the principal leaders of the Christian communities present in Lebanon. I entrust this intention to the intercession of the Mother of God, deeply venerated at the Shrine of Harissa, and from this moment on I ask you to accompany the preparation for this event with supportive prayer, invoking for that beloved country a more peaceful future.
On the Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Help of Christians, let us pray together for our dear brothers and sisters in China. May the Holy Spirit guide and help them to be bearers of the happy message, witnesses of charity, and builders of justice and peace in their country.
Let us pray for the populations of the city of Goma, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, forced to flee due to the eruption of the great volcano, Mount Nyiragongo.
Let us pray together for the situation in Colombia, which continues to be worrying. I exhort everyone to avoid, for humanitarian reasons, behaviours that are damaging for the population in exercising the right to peaceful protest.
Today we celebrate the Vigil of Pentecost will be celebrated in Saint Stephen's Church in Jerusalem to implore the gift of peace. Let us pray together, pleading to the Holy Spirit so that Israelis and Palestinians may be open to living together as brothers and sisters.
Let us pray together today for victims of the climate crisis and continue to work so that the earth may truly be a common home where everyone can have their place.
Let us pray constantly that the Israelis and Palestinians may find the path of dialogue and forgiveness. Let us pray for the victims, in particular for the children; let us pray for peace.