Pope Francis is worried about the instability in Myanmar following the coup. The military arrested the elected leaders of the governing party. Among them was Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Aung San Suu Kyi. The pope recalled his visit to the country in 2017.
“And I pray that those who hold responsibility in the country will place themselves with sincere willingness at the service of the common good, promoting social justice and national stability, for a harmonious and democratic coexistence. Let us pray for Myanmar.”
Pope Francis also expressed concern about the plight of one of the most vulnerable migrant groups: unaccompanied minors.
“In these days, I have learned of the dramatic situation of those who find themselves on the so-called “Balkan route.” But there are some on all the “routes.” Let us ensure that these fragile and defenseless creatures do not lack proper care.”
This was the first time in more than a month that the pope prayed the Angelus from a window overlooking St. Peter’s Square. The pandemic situation in Italy has slightly improved in the last few weeks, allowing people to move about the city more freely.
“I am happy to see you again gathered in the Square, even those habitué, the Spanish nuns here, who are always good; rain or shine they are there! And also the young people of the Immaculata. All of you. I am pleased. I wish everyone a happy Sunday.”
The pope had been praying the Angelus in the Apostolic Palace library since Christmas, to help slow the pandemic.