Pope Francis repudiates the war in Ukraine and asks that peace be “seriously” sought

Pope Francis calls for peace in Ukraine.

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Pope Francis today condemned the war in Ukrainerepudiated the conflicts that “devastate” the present and future of societies and asked the rulers to “seriously” negotiate peace.

“More than a month has passed since the beginning of the invasion in Ukraine, of this cruel and senseless war that, like any war, is a defeat for all. We must repudiate the war”, which forces “fathers and mothers to bury their childrenwhich makes men kill their brothers without ever having seen them” and in which “the powerful decide and the poor die,” Francis said, after praying the Angelus.

The pontiff maintained that war is “a barbaric and sacrilegious act” and that “it cannot be something inevitable” to which people end up getting used to.

And he called on “political leaders to reflect” and understand that “every day of war makes everyone’s situation worse.”

“Enough, stop, lay down your weapons, seriously dialogue for peace”he concluded.

The invasion of Ukraine by Russia has caused in less than thirty days the forced displacement of 6.5 million people and the flight of 3.7 million refugees from the country, according to the latest data from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR.

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