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Pope Francis calls for an end to violence against protesters in Myanmar

Pope Francis called on the Pope of the Vatican today, Wednesday, to stop the bloodshed in Myanmar, saying, "I even kneel on the streets of Myanmar and say 'Stop the violence.'"

The Pope announced his appeal, the latest since the February 1 coup, at the end of his weekly sermon delivered remotely from the Vatican Library due to restrictions on fighting COVID-19.

More than 180 protesters were killed in Myanmar as security forces sought to crush a wave of demonstrations.

"Once again, with great sadness, I feel the urgent need to talk about the tragic situation in Myanmar, where so many lives, most of them young people, are being lost, to give their country hope," he said.

"Even I kneel on the streets of Myanmar and say 'Stop the violence.' Until I open my arms and say, 'Let dialogue prevail.'"

"Blood does not solve anything. Dialogue must prevail," added Francis, who visited Myanmar in 2017.