Pope Francis condemned on Thursday the exploitation of women and children for prostitution in Thailand, which is notorious for its sex tourism, saying the violence, abuse and enslavement they suffer are evils that must be uprooted.
Pope Francis said on Sunday he wanted to make his postponed visit to South Sudan next year, and he urged the country’s leaders to overcome their divisions and bring an end to the suffering of its people.
A cousin of the Pope’s, Sister Sivori, who has lived in Thailand for more than 50 years, will travel with Pope Francis when he visits the country from November. 20 to 23.
Pope Francis offered his prayers on Sunday for the victims of violence in Ethiopia. The violence, which is along ethnic and religious lines, remains a big challenge.
Pope Francis on Sunday rebuked countries that produce weapons for wars fought elsewhere and then refuse to take in refugees fleeing those conflicts.