VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Sunday expressed solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka who “proceed to undergo from political and financial instability” and appealed for peace within the nation.
“Together with the bishops of the nation, I renew my enchantment for peace, I implore these in authority to not ignore the cry of the poor and the wants of the people,” the pontiff stated in his Angelus message, talking from his balcony in St. Peter’s Square.
Frustration with the financial disaster boiled over on Saturday in Sri Lanka, when an enormous crowd of protesters surged handed armed guards into the presidential palace and took it over. Protesters stormed the constructing and compelled the president to comply with resign.
(Reporting by Angelo Amante; Editing by Alison Williams)