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Pope speaks of Ukraine’s suffering during ‘War Passover’


Francis called for peace in Libya so that it can regain “stability after years of tension”, and for Yemen, “which suffers from a conflict forgotten by all, with continuous casualties”. He called for an end to “hate and violence” in Myanmar and cited the “tragic humanitarian crisis” in Afghanistan “bringing great suffering to its people” as well as struggles in African countries.

“We have seen only too much blood, too much violence. Our hearts too have been filled with fear and anguish as so many of our brothers and sisters have had to lock themselves in to be safe from the bombings,” he said.

Francis pleaded last week for an Easter truce in Ukraine, and he has frequently called for an end to the war there, which he this week decried as blasphemous and an “outrage against God.” His comments did not mention the name of President Vladimir V. Putin, an omission which drew criticism, although during a visit to Malta this month, Francis blamed the war on a “potentate unfortunately caught up in anachronistic claims of nationalist interests”.

The pope has repeatedly called for humanitarian corridors, as well as sending emissaries – two of his closest aides – to Ukraine to show his closeness to the Ukrainian people, and he said earlier this month- here that he could go to kyiv himself.

On Sunday, he said he carried in his heart the “many Ukrainian victims”, referring to “the millions of refugees and internally displaced people, the families divided, the elderly left to fend for themselves, the lives shattered and the cities razed to the ground. “. .” The faces of orphaned children fleeing war in Ukraine, he said, reflect the same pain as “those other children who suffer around the world: those who die of starvation or lack of medical care, those who are victims of abuse and violence, and those who are deprived of the right to be born.

The Easter message is a message of peace, Francis said, adding that it is especially welcome in circumstances like these. “Let the peace of Christ come into our lives, our homes, our countries,” he said.

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