At the usual weekly Angelus, Pope Francis surprisingly announced this year a “Year of Prayer” ahead of the upcoming Jubilee next year and invites the faithful to pray for Christian unity and peace throughout the world. The Holy Father also calls for the release of a group of people, including several nuns, who were kidnapped last week in Haiti not forgetting the hundreds of thousands kidnaped in our African continent.

The Correspondent of RECOWACERAO NEWS AGENCY, RECONA attached strictly to the city of the Vatican has officially reported that the Holy Father, Pope Francis has inaugurated a Year of Prayer ahead of the 2025 Jubilee, calling on the faithful “to intensify prayer to prepare us to live well this event of grace and to experience the power of God’s hope.”

In his urgent remarks after the Angelus last Sunday, our Correspondent in Rome, the capital city of Italy gathered that the Holy Father explained that the Year of Prayer is dedicated “to rediscovering the great value and absolute need for prayer, prayer in one’s personal life, in the life of the Church and prayer in the world.” He added that the Dicastery for Evangelization will be preparing materials to assist in celebrating the Year.

The Pope therefore invites Christians to pray especially for Christian unity, and “to not get tired of invoking the Lord for peace in Ukraine, in Israel and Palestine, and in so many other parts of the world hidden from the media coverage,” including Ecuador.

Once again, the Holy Father emphasized that those who suffer most from the lack of peace are the weakest among us. “I think of the little ones,” Pope Francis said, “the many children who are injured and killed, those who are deprived of affection, deprived of their dreams and their future.” “Let us all be aware of our responsibility to pray and to build peace for them!”

Focusing on the Caribbean nation of Haiti, Pope Francis said, “I have learned with sorrow the news of the kidnapping, in Haiti, of a group of people, including six religious sisters.”

The abduction took place in the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince on Friday when armed men stopped a minibus and took the passengers hostage.

In his remarks on Sunday, the Pope appealed “earnestly” for the release of all the hostages, while praying for “social harmony” in the country. “I call on everyone to stop the violence,” he said, “which causes so much suffering to that dear population.”

Rev. Fr. George Nwachukwu