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Pope Francis calls for end to war in Ukraine in Christmas message

Pope Francis Ukraine Christmas
The Pope recalled the struggles in the world. Photo: AFP

pope francisco asked on sunday “Silence the guns” in Ukrainecountry affected by a “senseless war” during its ttraditional christmas messagesand recounted other areas where conflicts were raging.

“May our gaze be filled with the faces of Ukrainian brothers and sisters who Live this Christmas in the dark, outside or away from your homesbecause of the devastation caused by the ten months’ war”

Pope remarks during his speech

“God prepare us to meet concrete gestures of solidarity to help the victims, And enlighten the minds of those who have the power to silence the weapons and put an immediate end to this senseless war,” Francis said before a gathering of 70,000 faithful in the famous Vatican Square, some carrying Ukrainian flags.

Pope Francis, 86, tirelessly appealed for peace Since Russia invaded Ukraine on 24 February.

Pope dedicates message to struggles in the world

Before pronouncing the blessing of “Urbi et Orbi”, the Pope reviews it. conflicts that shook the worldsomething he usually does, citing ten countries affected by violence or tension, which he described as “the scene of this Third World War”.

Among them A.Afghanistan, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Yemen, Syria, Burma, Lebanon – hit by a severe economic and social crisis – and Haiti, where more than 1,400 people have been killed violently this year, according to the United Nations.

Pope cited Iran for the first timeIran has been rocked by a wave of protests unprecedented since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, leading to more than 14,000 arrests since mid-September, according to the United Nations, and the deaths of 469 protesters, according to the Oslo-based Iran Human Rights Commission.

Pope Francis also called for not using food “as a weapon”, pointing to the conflicts ravaging the entire Horn of Africa.

“Every war – we know – causes hunger and uses the food itself as a weapon, preventing its distribution to people who are already suffering. On this day, learning from the Prince of Peace, let us all commit ourselves—first of all those who have political responsibilities—to Food is nothing more than a means of peace”,

Pope Francis expressed

ask to rediscover the meaning of christmas

nail 7,000 people attended the Saturday night Christmas Eve According to the Vatican, the Pope presides in St. Peter’s Basilica.

dad, what He uses a wheelchair because of knee pain, He prayed for “children suffering from war, poverty, and injustice” and said that “men (…) hungry for power and money devour their neighbors and their brothers.”

In the face of this “consumerism”, Pontiff IInvited to take a “distance from that mundane landscape” why rediscover the meaning of christmasThrough a charitable church in the service of the poor.

About 4,000 people who didn’t get tickets followed the festivities through giant screens set up outside.

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