Pope Francis calls for diversion of weapons funding to pandemic research

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By Wisdom Deji-Folutile

Pope Francis has again called for the defunding of armament projects, this time calling for the funds to be diverted towards pandemic research to prevent another outbreak.

The pontiff mentioned this at the commencement of a month-long marathon of worldwide Roman Catholic prayer on Saturday.

The Pope urged Catholics to pray for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic and said governments should use the money spent on armaments to prevent future outbreaks.

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The Pope prayed that “this difficult trial ends and that horizons of hope and peace return”.