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Pope Francis calls for peace in a Mass dedicated to Myanmar

Pope Francis held a Mass on Sunday dedicated to Myanmar, reiterating his calls for peace and an end to violence in the fourth month of the bloody suppression of civilians by the ruling junta.

The mass that was revived in St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican comes after several calls for peace launched by the Supreme Pontiff in recent months, after he visited Myanmar in November 2017. It was the first papal visit to a country with a Buddhist majority.

According to France 24, Pope Francis called on the faithful to "stand firm in the truth" and not lose hope.

"Dear brothers and sisters, in these days when your beloved country, Myanmar, is witnessing violence, strife and oppression, let us ask ourselves, what are we called to preserve? In the first place is the preservation of faith."

Pope Francis called for unity, describing the division between societies and peoples as a "fatal disease." "I know that some political and social positions are greater than us. Nevertheless, commitment to peace and brotherhood always comes from ordinary people: everyone can make a difference in the little things," he added.

And he continued, "In the midst of war, violence, hatred and devotion to the Gospel and our being peacemakers, this also requires commitment through social and political options, even if we risk our lives."