VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis referred to as on Sunday (Jan 21) for the discharge of a bunch of individuals together with six nuns kidnapped in Haiti, the Caribbean nation tormented by gang violence.
“I discovered with ache of the information of the kidnapping in Haiti of a bunch of individuals, amongst them six non secular sisters,” the pontiff mentioned on the finish of his weekly Angelus prayer on the Vatican.
“In earnestly asking for his or her launch, I pray for social concord within the nation.
“I invite everybody to cease the violence that causes a lot struggling to that expensive inhabitants.”
In accordance with the Haitian Non secular Convention, the nation’s affiliation of spiritual orders, eight individuals together with six nuns had been kidnapped on Friday whereas travelling on a bus within the capital Port-au-Prince.
The incident comes amid a rise in kidnappings in Haiti, the poorest state within the Americas dealing with a spiralling safety disaster.
Pope Francis, 87, additionally made reference on Sunday to the state of affairs in Ecuador, one other nation battling gang violence.
As he addressed the gang in St Peter’s Sq. to listen to his prayer, the pontiff referred to as out to “the bishops and migrants of Ecuador, to whom I guarantee my prayers for peace of their nation”.
Ecuador, as soon as thought of a bastion of peace in Latin America, has been plunged into disaster by the speedy unfold of transnational cartels that use its ports to ship medication to the USA and Europe.