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Ahead of the first anniversary of Russia’s invasion, Pope Francis calls for urgent ceasefire in Ukraine

Pope Francis is urging for a ceasefire to put an end to the war in Ukraine, ahead of its first anniversary. The Pope called for the ceasefire just two days preceding the one-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The Holy See has appealed to the leaders of the nations to strive efficiently to put an end to the conflict, agree to a ceasefire and begin peace negotiations. Ever since the start of the war, the Pontiff has argued for an end to the conflict almost every time he appeared publicly. The Pope also said that the Lord “is the God of peace” and that which “is built on rubble” cannot be accepted as a real victory.

Premier Christian News reports:

The Pope is calling for an urgent ceasefire to end the ‘absurd and cruel’ war on the Ukraine, ahead of its one-year anniversary.

Speaking two days before the first anniversary of Russia’s invasion, the Pontiff has appealed for peace negotiations, saying no victory could be “built on ruins”.

“The number of dead, wounded, refugees and displaced people, the (amount of) destruction and economic and social damage speak for themselves,” Pope Francis said at his general audience on Ash Wednesday.

“May the Lord forgive all these crimes and all this violence: He is the God of peace.”

Francis appealed to those in authority over nations “to make concrete efforts to end the conflict, to reach a ceasefire and to start peace negotiations.

“Whatever is built on rubble can never be a true victory,” he added.

The Holy See has appealed for an end to fighting in Ukraine at almost every public appearance since Russia’s invasion.

Pax Christi is an international Catholic peace movement that exists to “transform a world shaken by violence, terrorism, deepening inequalities, and global insecurity.”

Chief Executive Andrew Jackson tells Premier Pax Christi shares the Pope’s concerns.

“His appeal is to those who have the power to do something about it.

“The talk of supplying weapons is simply leading to an escalation of the conflict. And we just do not know where that would end.”

Read the full article here.

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