Conflicts & War

Pope Francis calls for end of ‘world war’

Vatican City, Sep 7 (EFE).- Pope Francis prayed for the people in Ukraine on Wednesday as he urged a halt to the “world war” mankind is currently going through.

“Today we are experiencing a world war, let us please stop!” the pontiff said during his general audience in Saint Peter’s Square.

The head of the Catholic Church, who has dedicated Wednesdays to promoting peace, said he does not forget “martyred Ukraine.”

Everyone should “be a builder of peace in the face of all the scenarios of war in our time,” Francis stressed.

He also called on people to “pray that thoughts and plans of concord and reconciliation will spread in the world.”

A few weeks ago, Ukraine’s foreign ministry summoned archbishop Visvaldas Kulbokas, the apostolic nuncio to Ukraine, to express his concerns over the pope’s statement about the Russian war victims and his reference to the death of Darya Dugina in a car bombing near Moscow on August 20.

The Vatican was forced to issue a statement stressing that Francis had repeatedly condemned the conflict in Ukraine as “unjust and unacceptable.”EFE


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