Vatican City, Aug 15, 2016 / 02:59 am
Pope Francis marked the feast of the Assumption of Mary by praying for the dozens of people massacred over the weekend in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and decrying the "shameful silence" which surround these attacks.
"To the Queen of Peace, whom we contemplate today in heavenly glory, I wish to entrust once again the anxieties and sufferings of the people who, in many parts of the world, are innocent victims of persistent conflict," the Pope said during Monday's Angelus address.
Saturday's attacks in the DRC's North Kivu province have long been "perpetuated in shameful silence, without even drawing our attention," he said, and its victims include the "many innocent people who have no influence on global opinion."
"May Mary obtain for everyone sentiments of understanding, and a desire for harmony!"