"Please stop!" Pope Francis' emotional plea for peace
Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 01:36
Pope Francis makes an impromptu emotional plea for peace, during his weekly Sunday Angelus prayer at the Vatican. Vanessa Johnston reports.
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Pope Francis makes an emotional plea for peace -- in Saint Peter's Square Sunday.
Breaking from his script after delivering his weekly Angelus, the pope makes a direct appeal for fighting to end.
(SOUNDBITE) (Italian) HEAD OF ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, POPE FRANCIS, SAYING:
"Never war, never war. I am thinking, above all, of children who are deprived of the hope of a worthwhile life, a future. Dead children, wounded children, mutilated children, orphaned children, children whose toys are things left over from war, children who don't know how to smile. Please stop. I ask you with all my heart, it's time to stop. Stop, please!
While the pope made no direct reference to the situation in the Gaza Strip, his comments came as Israel and Hamas resumed fighting after a temporary ceasefire.
More than 1,000 people, mostly civilians -- including dozens of children -- have been killed in the conflict.
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