Conflicts & War

Pope Francis slams war in Ukraine as ‘senseless’ in Christmas message

Vatican City, Dec 25 (EFE).- Pope Francis called for an end to the “senseless” war in Ukraine during his Christmas message on Sunday.

“May the Lord inspire us to offer concrete gestures of solidarity to assist all those who are suffering, and may he enlighten the minds of those who have the power to silence the thunder of weapons and put an immediate end to this senseless war!” the pontiff said ahead of the “Urbi et Orbi” blessing, Latin for “to the city and the world.”

Addressing tens of thousands of people at the central loggia of St. Peter’s Basilica, the leader of the world’s Catholics urged everyone to “see the faces of our Ukrainian brothers and sisters” enduring power outages caused by continued Russian attacks on infrastructure.

He condemned wars and conflicts in other parts of the world in what he described as a “famine of peace.”

Francis prayed for Syrians still “suffering from a years-old conflict,” and the Holy Land inhabitants experiencing a months-long deadly wave of violence, and called for “a lasting truce in Yemen,” as well as reconciliation in Myanmar and Iran.EFE


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