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Pope Francis calls for global ceasefire, telling humanity to to fight ‘common enemy’ of coronavirus

Pope Francis has backed a UN appeal for a global cease-fire as the world faces the COVID-19 pandemic.

On March 29, the Holy Father stated that conflicts can never be resolved through war, adding: “May our joint effort against the pandemic lead everyone to recognise our need to strengthen our brotherly and sisterly ties as members of one human family.

The pope announced his support after praying the Angelus in the Apostolic palace library.

Overcoming conflict

He continued: “In particular, may it inspire national leaders and other concerned parties to a renewed commitment to overcome rivalries. Conflicts are not resolved through war.

“It is necessary to overcome antagonism and differences through dialogue and a constructive search for peace.”

The pope said he was adding his voice to support the appeal by UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres for an immediate global cease-fire amid the COVID-19 outbreak.


The pope invited mankind to take part by ‘ceasing all forms of military hostilities, promoting the creation of corridors for humanitarian aid, being open to diplomacy and offering attention to those who find themselves in situations of great vulnerability.’

In the UN appeal, which came on March 23, Guterres said: “The fury of [COVID-19] illustrates the folly for war.

“Our world faces a common enemy—COVID-19. The virus does not care about nationality or ethnicity, faction or faith. It attacks all, relentlessly.”


In his statement, read from New York, he had added that despite the virus, armed conflicts continue to rage around the world.

“In war-ravaged countries, health systems have collapsed. Health professionals, already few in number, have been targeted. Refugees and others displaced by violence conflict are doubly vulnerable,” he said.

“It is time to put armed conflict on lockdown and focus together on the true fight of our lives.”

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