Pope Francis, in his weekly address to believers in St. Peter’s Square in Rome, called on the people of Cuba for peace and dialogue. In recent days, large protest demonstrations have taken place in many cities of Cuba. One and a half hundred demonstrators were arrested, only 12 of them were soon released.
US State Department spokesman Ned Price said that Washington condemns any violence against peaceful protesters and calls on the Cuban authorities to release everyone who was detained for participating in peaceful protests. It is reported by the Voice of America.
Addressing believers on Sunday, the head of the Roman Catholic Church also called for an end to the violence in South Africa and expressed sympathy for the people of Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands affected by the floods that led to casualties.
This was Pope Francis’ first public appearance after eleven days in the clinic.