Vatican City, 15 June 2014 (VIS) – Following today's Marian Angelus prayer, the Holy Father expressed his concern at the dramatic events that are unfolding in Iraq, and conveyed his hope that the future will bring peace and reconciliation for the people of this country. “I invite you all to join with me in prayer for the beloved Iraqi nation, especially the victims and those who suffer most keenly the consequences of the escalation of violence, and in particular those, including many Christians, who have had to flee their homes. I wish security and peace upon all the population and hope for a future of reconciliation and justice, in which all Iraqis, regardless of their religious beliefs, will be able to build their homeland together, making it into a model of coexistence”.
The Pope also announced that on Sunday 21 September he will visit the Albanian city of Tirana. “With this brief trip I wish to confirm in the faith the Church in Albania, and offer my encouragement and love to a country that has suffered greatly as a result of the ideologies of the past”.
Before concluding, Pope Francis offered some words to domestic collaborators and carers for the elderly, “who come from all over the world and provide a valuable service to families, especially in their care for the elderly and for those who are not autonomous”. He remarked, “Very often we do not do justice to the great and good work they perform in families. Thank you very much!”.