Pope Francis has urged the swift implementation of a UN Security Council resolution that calls for a global ceasefire to help countries already wracked by hostilities to cope with the coronavirus pandemic.
The resolution — the first to pass since the coronavirus pandemic took hold — was unanimously adopted Wednesday in a virtual vote.
Speaking during his regularly held Sunday Angelus, Francis said: “The request for a global and immediate ceasefire, which would allow the peace and security necessary to provide the urgently needed humanitarian assistance, is commendable.
“I hope that this decision will be implemented effectively and promptly for the good of many people who are suffering. May this Security Council Resolution become a bold first step towards a peaceful future.”