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10 November 2019The Pope at the Angelus spoke of South Sudan, Bolivia, work and human dignity, starting from a passage from the Gospel quoted regarding the past anniversary of the day of the dead.

On South Sudan, Pope Francis has asked to stop the conflicts and continue the commitment to peace. The Pope also recalled that his visit to the African country is expected in the coming months.

South Sudan
"I address a special thought to the dear people of South Sudan. With the still-vivid remembrance of the spiritual retreat for the Authorities of the country, held in the Vatican last April, I wish to renew my invitation to all the actors of the national political process to seek this that unites and overcomes what divides, in a spirit of true brotherhood ". Thus Pope Francis, during the Angelus, spoke to the faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square. "The South Sudanese people have suffered too much in recent years and await with great hope a better future, above all the definitive end of conflicts and a lasting peace - the pontiff added -. I therefore urge those responsible to continue, without tiring, the commitment in favor of an inclusive dialogue in the search for consensus for the good of the nation I also express the hope that the international community will not neglect to accompany South Sudan on the path of national reconciliation, I invite you all to pray together for this country, to which I have a particular affection ".

About Bolivia Pope Francis spoke of the situation in a country on the brink of a crisis following the presidential elections won by Evo Morales and contested by the opposition. "I would like to entrust your prayers to the situation of the beloved Bolivia - he said -. I invite all Bolivians, especially political and social actors, to wait with a constructive spirit, and without some previous conditions, in a climate of peace and serenity , the results of the election review process, which is currently underway ".

Work and dignity
Finally, Pope Francis calls for a courageous response, in solidarity and respect for the demands that come from a society struggling with the problems of work. "Today in Italy we celebrate the National Thanksgiving Day for the fruits of the earth and work", he told the Angelus, "I join the Bishops in recalling the strong link between bread and work, hoping for courageous employment policies that take into account account of dignity and solidarity and preventing the risks of corruption ".