Pope asks Putin to stop ‘spiral of violence and death’ in Ukraine

Pope asks Putin to stop ‘spiral of violence and death’ in Ukraine
Pope asks Putin to stop ‘spiral of violence and death’ in Ukraine

“O my appeal is addressed above all to the President of the Russian Federation, imploring him to stop, also out of love for his people, this spiral of violence and death”, Francis said at the celebration of the Angelus in St. once publicly to Putin, without mentioning his name.

Francis also called on the world to use “diplomatic instruments” to end this “serious, devastating and threatening conflict”, as well as encouraging Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to “be open to serious peace proposals”.

The pope, who was speaking from the window of the Apostolic Palace, also spoke of the “deep pain” caused by the “rivers of blood and tears witnessed in these months, the thousands of victims, mainly children and the many destructions that have left many people and families homeless and threaten vast territories with cold and hunger”.

In addition, he questioned the fact that humanity is once again “in the face of the atomic threat”, which he said was “absurd”.

The pope called for an “immediate ceasefire” to be reached, and for “the weapons to be silenced and conditions to be sought to initiate negotiations capable of leading to solutions not imposed by force, but agreed upon, just and stable.”

These, he stressed, “must be based on respect for the sacrosanct value of human life, the sovereignty and territorial integrity of each country, as well as the rights of minorities and their legitimate concerns”.

Francis also lamented “the grave situation created in recent days with new actions contrary to the principles of international law”, in a reference to the Russian annexation of four Ukrainian regions, which the pope did not name.

These actions “increase the risk of a nuclear escalation to the point where we fear uncontrollable and catastrophic consequences around the world,” he said.

The pope’s appeal, in addition to being addressed to Putin and Zelensky, was also addressed to “all the protagonists of international life” to “do everything possible to end the ongoing war” so as not to be dragged into “dangerous escalations” and “promote and support” dialogue initiatives.

“Please let the new generations breathe the healthy air of peace, not the polluted air of war, which is madness. After seven months of hostilities, let all diplomatic instruments be used, including those that eventually hitherto were not used, to put an end to this enormous tragedy”, he stressed.

Francis has always shown concern about the war in Ukraine, even considering a trip to this country, and now he has decided to dedicate the Angelus to reflecting on this problem, something that rarely happens, the last time being in 2013 to ask for peace in Ukraine. Syria.

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