Call for peace by Pope Francis again. He said that his members suffered from mercenaries
The Supreme Pontiff called for addressing the armed conflict through dialogue. “It will never be resolved through the childish logic of weapons,” he said.
Pope Francis waves as he arrives for the weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican, November 9, 2022. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane
The pope Pope Francis once again called for peace in Ukraine and for the Ukrainians, who he assured “suffer crueltyof the mercenaries who wage war”, during the general audience held in Saint Peter’s Square.
“I ask the Lord for prayers for peace, for these people so devastated, who suffer so much cruelty from the mercenaries who make war”, said the Supreme Pontiff in his final greeting in Italian
During today’s hearing, he also referred “to the madness of war of which the martyred Ukraine is a victim, and in so many other conflicts, which will never be resolved through the childish logic of arms.” , but only with the gentle force of dialogue”.
And he added that in addition to the war in Ukraine, we must also think about other wars that last for years and cited Syria, Yemen or Burma. “Wars destroy humanity. They destroy everyone, conflicts are not resolved with wars, “he added.
The Pope already stated during his last trip to Kazakhstan that although it is difficult to understand that it is possible to dialogue with the states that have started a war and that it is a situation that they do not like, “it must be done”, when answering whether there was any “red line” to try to talk with Russia to stop the war.
Pope Francis said that Ukrainians are suffering “the cruelty of mercenaries who wage war” (REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko)
“Why did the pope want to visit this small country with a very large Islamic majority? There are so many Christian countries, why don’t you go to these? I would like to respond through three words: dialogue, encounter and journey”, the pontiff wanted to explain, who in his recent international trips has also visited Kazakhstan and Iraq.
The Supreme Pontiff affirmed that dialogue is “the oxygen of peace” and that in Bahrain he felt this need and wished “that, throughout the world, religious and civil leaders know how to look beyond their own borders, their own communities , to take care of the whole. Only in this way can certain universal issues be addressed, such as the forgetfulness of God, the tragedy of hunger, the custody of creation, peace.”
On the return flight from his trip to Bahrain, he also referred to those who are attacking Ukraine as “mercenaries”. “Cruelty, which is not from the Russian people, because the Russian people are great, they are mercenaries, soldiers who go to war as an adventure, mercenaries… I prefer to think that way because I have a great appreciation for the Russian people, for Russian humanism”, he affirmed.
Words that the Ukrainian ambassador to the Holy See, Andrii Yurash did not like, who in Twitter wrote: “About the humanism that the Pope thinks about, it would be enough to see how 4.5 million people were left without electricity and water enjoying this humanism.”
“It they give orders to bomb and the rocket launch buttons are not pressed by mercenaries, but by ‘sincere humanists’ followers of Dostoevsky”, he added.