During the Angelus prayer at Castel Gandolfo, Pope Francis expressed his concern for the situation in Egypt, where protests and clashes with the army have led to massive bloodshed, withover 600 deaths so far.
"Unfortunately, painful news has come from Egypt. I wish to ensure my prayers for all the victims and their families, the injured and all those who are suffering. Let us pray together for peace, dialogue and reconciliation in that dear nation and throughout the world. Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us. Let's all say it, Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us.”
He issued his remarks before thousands of people who had gathered to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Liberty Square in Castel Gandolfo. The Pope also said that it has now been 25 years since John Paul II issued the Apostolic Letter Mulieris Dignitatem, about the dignity and vocation of women. He urged the faithful to analyze the role of women in the Church.
"This document is rich in ideas that deserve to be renewed and developed; and at the foundation of it all is the figure of the Virgin Mary.”
The Pope also said that each affirmative answer to God, as with the example of Our Lady, is one step closer to Heaven.