Pope Francis prays for Pinoy ferry boat victims
VATICAN - Pope Francis on Sunday asked the crowds gathered in St. Peter's Square to pray for the victims of the ferry sinking in the Philippines and for peace in Egypt.
"I would like to ask for prayers for the victims of the ferry sinking in the Philippines. Also for their families - so much sorrow," the Pope said.
The ferry sank on Friday after a collision with a cargo vessel just outside the central port of Cebu. And least 61 people were killed and more than a hundred are still missing.
Also, Pope Francis emphasized that faith and violence are incompatible.
"So the word of the gospel does not authorise the use of force to spread the faith. In fact it's just the opposite: the true strength of the Christian is the power of truth and love, which leads to renouncing all violence. Faith and violence are incompatible. Faith and violence are incompatible," he said during his Sunday Angelus prayer.
Francis also prayed for peace in Egypt.
"I ask as well that we continue to pray for peace in Egypt - all of us together - Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us.Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us."
More than 700 people have died in Egypt in four days of violence, most of them backers of deposed president Mohamed Mursi.
As usual, Francis ended by wishing everyone a good Sunday lunch.
Breaking Vatican tradition, Pope Francis has decided to spend the summer at the Vatican and continue working through the holiday period instead of going to Castel Gandolfo palace, the usual summer residence of Popes.