Francisco is closely following the crisis in Myanmar, where the scale of violence has grown since the military staged the coup on February 1.
I wish to draw the attention of the authorities involved so that dialogue prevails over repression, and harmony over discord. I also appeal to the international community to work so that the aspirations of the people of Myanmar are not stifled by violence.
The army has jailed some leaders of the old government. Among them, the Nobel Peace Prize winner, Aung San Suu Kyi.
I repeat the wish I expressed a month ago. That the path to democracy carried out in recent years in Myanmar can be resumed through the concrete gesture of the release of various imprisoned political leaders.
He also recalled that on Friday he travels to Iraq and asked for prayers for this visit, so that there are no problems. It is the first time that a pontiff has visited these lands.
For a long time I have wanted to see this people who have suffered so much, to be with that martyr church. In the land of Abraham, together with other religious leaders, we will take another step in brotherhood among believers. .
The Iraqi people await us. He was waiting for Saint John Paul II, who was forbidden to travel there. You cannot disappoint a town a second time. Let us pray that this trip can be done well.
Francis delivered these messages in the framework of the general audience, where he continued with his catechesis on Christian prayer.