Pope Francis has called for a sense of responsibility to prevail in Burundi following an attempted coup.

Francis made the appeal during his Sunday noon blessing from St. Peter's Square.

He said: "I would like to invite you to pray for the dear people of Burundi, which is undergoing a delicate moment: May the Lord help all to avoid violence and act responsibly for the good of the country."

Military and police officials announced a coup Wednesday after weeks of street protests against Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term in office. Soldiers loyal to the president stopped the rebellion.