Pope Francis spoke about gender violence: “It is a poisonous weed that affects our society and must be eliminated”

Pope Francis leads the weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square, at the Vatican, November 8, 2023. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane (GUGLIELMO MANGIAPENE/)

He Pope Francisco said Gender violence is a “poisonous weed that affects our society and must be eliminated”stating that its “roots” are “cultural and grow in the terrain of prejudice, possession and injustice.”

On many occasions, women are considered “inferior” or “objects” and relegated “to the background” and that, in those cases, “their dignity is not seen,” declared the pontiff in a message on the occasion of a campaign against gender violence promoted by the Italian public radio television (RAI).

“It is considered only as a property that can be disposed of in everything, until eliminated”he added.

“How many women are overwhelmed by the weight and drama of violence! How many mistreated, abused, enslaved, victims of the arrogance of those who think they can control their bodies and their lives.forced to surrender to the greed of men,” she exclaimed.

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, November 8, 2023. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane
Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square, in the Vatican, on November 8, 2023. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane (GUGLIELMO MANGIAPENE/)

Francisco also pointed out that the media have been “ambiguous” in the fight against sexist violence since “they continually transmit messages of hedonism and consumerism” and that these “play an essential role” for its eradication.

The pope advocated for the “urgency to rediscover forms of just and balanced relationships based on respect” and asked “to give a voice to our sisters: the women victims of abuse, exploitation, marginalization and undue pressure“, as well as “act immediately, at all levels, with determination, urgency, courage.”

Francis called for a just peace for the people suffering in Gaza and Ukraine

The Pope asked that “May the Lord bring a just peace” to all the peoples suffering from war and cited the suffering of Ukraine and Palestinians and Israelisat the end of the general audience held on Wednesday in St. Peter’s Square before thousands of faithful.

“Let us think and pray for the people who suffer from war and let us not forget the martyred Ukraine and, in the Palestinian and Israeli people, may the Lord bring a just peace.”said the pope in a new appeal for peace that he improvised after the audience.

And he added: “You suffer so much. Children, the sick, the elderly suffer and so many young people die.”

“War is always a defeat, let us not forget it. It’s always a defeat.”Francis recalled in his appeal.

(With information from EFE)