World News

“The war is a mistake and a horror” says Pope Francis

Share

“The war is a mistake and a horror” says Pope Francis in his direct address to the chief of the Kremlin, Putin, and the president of Ukraine, Zelenskyy.

Instead of the usual interpretation of the gospel, Pope Francisco chose to dedicate his Sunday speech today, in the square of Saint Pedro, to the war in Ukraine. The leader of the Catholic Church made an urgent call for the end of the ongoing conflict.

A similar change to the usual processes was last seen in 2013 when Francisco called for the end of the ongoing conflict in Syria. To further cement his request he also attended the World Congress of Religions in Kazikstan in mid September to discuss further potential peace talks. 

In his speech, the Pope said “I am calling directly to the president of the Russian federation, to whom I ask to stop this spiral of violence and death”. He continued “I am also making a call to the president of Ukraine to enter into serious peace talks” after addressing the “immeasurable suffering of the Ukrainian people”.  

In his extraordinary call, the head of the Catholic Church said “I am profoundly saddened by the torrents of blood and tears that we have seen in recent months. I am saddened by the thousands of victims, especially children, and the monumental destruction that many people have suffered, and the families that have become homeless and threatened by cold and hunger. Such actions can never be justified. Never!” 

On Friday, Putin exacerbated the conflict even further by annexing four Ukrainian regions. The Pope said: “I profoundly lament the grave situation that has occurred in the last few days”. Francisco asked “What else must happen? How much blood must be spilt before we realise that war is never the solution, and causes only destruction? 

Pope Francis continued: “It’s unfortunate that the world is learning about the geography of Ukraine through names like Bucha, Irpin, Mariupol, Izyum, Zaporizhia and other places that have become places of suffering and indescribable fear. He was surprised that the world has again come to fear a nuclear war. “It’s absurd” he said. “The war is a mistake and a horror!” 

He made a call to all of the politicians of the world to campaign for the end of the war. “Please, so that younger generations can breathe healthy air of peace, not air contaminated by the war, this is madness”. 

The Pope ended by again requesting an “immediate cease fire”. He suggested that “all diplomatic measures” should be employed “in order to put an end to this terrible tragedy”. 


Thank you for taking the time to read this article, do remember to come back and check The Euro Weekly News website for all your up-to-date local and international news stories and remember, you can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Annie Dabb

From Newcastle originally, Annie is based in Manchester and is a writer for the Euro Weekly News covering news and features. Got a story you want to share? Then get in touch at editorial@euroweeklynews.com



Recent Posts

  • Italy News

Autopsy ordered after 7-year-old boy dies suddenly while playing with friends in Siena, Tuscany

HEARTBREAKING news coming out of Italy on Wednesday, November 30 after reports that a 7-year-old…

23 mins ago
  • UK News

A bubbly and kind mum, 23, dies suddenly leaving UK family ‘completely shattered’

A family has been left 'completely shattered' after the sudden and unexpected death of a…

33 mins ago
  • World News

UPDATE: Vladimir Putin sends condolences after the death of former Chinese President Jiang Zemin

The former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin died Wednesday at the age of 96, state news…

34 mins ago
  • World News

UPDATE: World Cup fan, 27, ‘assassinated in Iran for honking his car horn after USA win’

A World Cup fan has reportedly been shot and killed in an area of northern…

1 hour ago
  • Ukraine crisis

BREAKING: Poland reportedly wants to hold referendums in Western Ukraine

ACCORDING to reports coming out of Russia on Wednesday, November 30, Poland wants to hold…

1 hour ago
  • Irish News

Northern Irish man dies after falling down Tenerife hotel steps

A Northern Irish man has tragically died after falling down some steps at his hotel…

2 hours ago