Jun 24, 2016 / 06:12 am
Pope Francis has said the result of the U.K.'s referendum to leave the European Union reflects the "will of the people" and that there is now a "great responsibility" to ensure the well being of people in the U.K. and peaceful coexistence on continental Europe.
Addressing reporters on the papal plane to Armenia, the Holy Father said he had only read basic information about the result of the vote just before leaving Rome, but said he felt it was "the will of the people".
"It demands great responsibility on our part," he said, "to ensure the well being of the people in the United Kingdom, and the coexistence of the people on the European continent. As I expect."
The U.K. voted yesterday in a referendum to leave the European Union after 43 years as a member of the economic-political bloc.