In a meeting with North African bishops in the Vatican Monday, Pope Francis praised the “courage, loyalty, and perseverance” of Catholics in Libya in the face of the “explosion of violence” in the region.

Pope Francis said that North Africans legitimately aspire to greater freedom and respect for human dignity and conscience, but until now, “developments” in the area are leading to increased violence instead, referring both to Libya’s ongoing civil war and the infiltration of Islamic State (ISIS) militants in the region.

via Breitbart.