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Pope Francis weighs in on Brexit

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Diane Montagna - published on 06/24/16

The “will of the people” must be respected

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis weighed in on Brexit on Friday, saying Britain’s referendum to leave the European Union must be respected as the “will of the people” and that there is now a great responsibility to ensure peaceful coexistence.

Speaking to journalists aboard the papal plane on Friday morning, as he journeyed to the Armenian capital of Yerevan, the Pope made these comments on Brexit: “It was the will expressed by the people and this requires a great responsibility on the part of all of us to guarantee the good of the people of the United Kingdom, as well as the good and co-existence of the European continent.”

The Pope also expressed his satisfaction over the signing of a ceasefire in Columbia between the government and the FARC rebels.

“I am happy for this news that I received yesterday. Over fifty years of war, of guerrilla warfare, so much spilt blood. It was good news” he said, adding that he now hopes the nations that have worked to mediate the accord will succeed in setting in stone so that it can never be reversed.

“My best wishes go to Colombia which is now taking this step,” he said.

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