Vatican City

Pope Francis has praised UN Security Council efforts for worldwide ceasefires to help tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

In remarks Sunday to the public in St Peter’s Square, Francis hailed the Security Council’s “request for a global and immediate ceasefire, which would permit the peace and security indispensable for supplying so urgently needed humanitarian assistance.”

Pope Francis 5 July 2020

Pope Francis waves to faithful from his studio window overlooking St Peter's Square at the Vatican, as he leaves at the end of the Angelus prayer, on Sunday, 5th July. PICTURE: AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca.

The pontiff called for the prompt implementation “for the good of the so many persons who are suffering.” He also expressed hope that the Security Council resolution be a “courageous first step for the future of peace.”

The resolution calls on parties to armed conflicts to immediately cease fire for at least 90 days to enable safe, sustained delivery of humanitarian assistance, including medical evacuations.