11 August 2019 | Angelus


Saint Peter's Square

After praying the Angelus, the Holy Father continued:
Dear brothers and sisters, tomorrow is the 70th anniversary of the Geneva
Conventions, important international legal instruments that impose limitations on the
use of force and are aimed at protecting civilians and prisoners in time of war. May
this anniversary make States evermore aware of the essential need to protect the
life and dignity of the victims of armed conflict. Everyone is bound to observe the
limitations imposed by international humanitarian law, protecting the defenceless
peoples and civil structures, especially hospitals, schools, places of worship, refugee
camps. And let us not forget that war and terrorism are always a great loss for all
humanity. They are the great defeat of humanity!