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Pope Francis has called for societies and authorities in Ukraine, the Middle East and Iraq to stop their wars and dialogue with courage to achieve peace. "No more wars. It's time to stop. Stop, please, I beg you with all my heart, stop," insisted the Pope during the speech he made after the Angelus mass. In this sense, the Pope addressed some words to the people living in Ukraine, Iraq and the Middle East, three countries currently mired in armed conflict.

He also reminded the thousands of faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican that tomorrow is the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. Francisc referred to this as a "tragic event" that we must remember to keep in mind "the lessons of history, always making sure peace prevails through patient dialogue and courage." He added: "If the common good and respect for each person is not put at the center of every decision, all wars are lost."

"I ask you to join in my prayer that the Lord may grant wisdom and peace to the authorities in these areas to achieve the path of peace, facing any dispute with the tenacity of dialogue and the strength for negotiation, with the force of reconciliation," he urged people. Thus, he referenced to the bombing in the Gaza Strip which resumed in the early hours of Sunday after a humanitarian truce. So far, the death toll stands at 1500 Palestinians.

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