In every Angelus prayer, held this Sunday (2), Pope Francis expressed his concern about the nuclear threat and the military escalation of the conflict in Ukraine. The Pontiff called for a ceasefire and lamented the pain for the thousands of victims.
“I am saddened by the rivers of blood and tears shed in these months. I am saddened by the thousands of victims, particularly among children, and the many destructions, which have left many people and families homeless and threaten vast territories with cold and hunger. Certain actions can never be justified, ever! It is distressing that the world is learning Ukraine’s geography through names like Bucha, Irpin, Mariupol, Izium, Zaporizhzhia and other locales., which have become places of unspeakable suffering and fear. And what about the fact that humanity is once again facing the atomic threat? It’s an absurd”.
The Holy Father’s warning went straight to the protagonists of these conflicts: Russian Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian Volodymyr Zelensky.
“My appeal is addressed, first of all, to the President of the Russian Federation, begging him to stop, also for the love of his people, this spiral of violence and death. On the other hand, saddened by the immense suffering of the Ukrainian people after the aggression suffered, I address an equally confident appeal to the President of Ukraine to be open to serious peace proposals“.
Francis was also emphatic in claiming that negotiations be made between the nationsto prevent further deaths.
“What is yet to happen? How much blood must still flow for us to understand that war is never a solution, but only destruction? In the name of God and in the name of the sense of humanity that dwells in every heart, I renew my appeal for an immediate ceasefire to be reached. Let the guns be silenced and the conditions be sought to initiate negotiations capable of leading to solutions that are not imposed by force.but awake, just and stable. And so they will be if they are based on respect for the sacrosanct value of human life.as well as the sovereignty and territorial integrity of each country, as well as the rights of minorities and legitimate concerns”.
At the end of the Angelus, the Holy Father asked everyone to intensify their prayersalways seeking peace.
“Let us trust in the mercy of God, which can change hearts, and in the maternal intercession of the Queen of Peace, at the moment when the Supplication to Our Lady of the Rosary of Pompeii is raisedspiritually united to the faithful gathered in his Sanctuary and in so many parts of the world”.
Let us pray seeking peace in Ukraine