Pope Francis requseted prayers for the abolition of torture. “Torture is not yesterday's story,” he pointed out.
He did so in the monthly video message where he asks Christians to pray together for a specific intention. While speaking out about torture, Pope Francis recalled that “There are extremely violent forms of torture. Others are more sophisticated, such as degrading someone, dulling the senses, or mass detentions in conditions so inhumane that they take away the dignity of the person.”
The Pope added that if a person is not distinguished from an object, they can be mistreated without measure, causing death or permanent psychological and physical damage.
He concluded his video message by praying for the international community to commit itself to the abolition of torture.