The past week has been one marked with horrific violence in places such as Manchester, Egypt and the Philippines. Pope Francis used his Sunday Angelus to make an appeal for an increase in prayers for all those affected by these senseless tragedies.
In regards to Manchester, Pope Francis, "asked for prayers for the victims of the Manchester concert attack and decried how 'so many young lives were cruelly broken.' ... [and] said he is 'close to the relatives and all those who are weeping for the dead.'"
Turning to Egypt, Pope Francis said, "I wish to express again my closeness to my dear brother, Pope Tawardros II, and to the whole nation of Egypt, which two days ago suffered another act of ferocious violence. The victims, who included children, were faithful who were traveling to a shrine to pray, and they were killed after they refused to deny their Christian faith. May the Lord receive into His peace these courageous witnesses, these martyrs, and convert the hearts of the terrorists.”
As members of the Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network, let us join him in prayer for the many victims of these tragedies and do what we can to sow seeds of peace in our community and in the world.