In his Easter Sunday address, Pope Francis referred directly to the war in Ukraine, calling what he called the “Easter of War,” but avoided mentioning Russia and Vladimir Putin.
Instead, he referred to the war in the passive voice, saying, “May there be peace for war-torn Ukraine, so tried by the violence and destruction of the cruel and senseless war into which it has been drawn.”
“Let there be a decision for peace. May the flexing of muscles end while the people suffer. Please, please, let’s not get used to the war,” Francis pleaded during his address in St. Peter’s Square as thousands of people, some holding Ukrainian flags, applauded. .
The pope has been criticized for avoiding saying outright that Russia had invaded Ukraine and blaming the Russian president for the attack.
Francis spoke of the millions of refugees who have fled Ukraine since Russia invaded on February 24. He spoke of the internally displaced, the elderly left to their own devices and, without explicitly naming a perpetrator, “the broken lives and the cities leveled to the ground.”
The Pope has previously called the invasion “sacrilegious” and blamed it on “some potentate sadly embroiled in anachronistic claims of nationalist interests, [who] provokes and fuels conflict, while ordinary people feel the need to build a future that is either shared or not.”
On Sunday, the pope also called for peace between Palestinians and Israelis, as well as in other countries around the world, including Yemen, a country he described as “suffering from a conflict forgotten by all,” and “to heal the wounds.” Abuse of Aboriginal people in Canada.
But the focus of Sunday’s address was the crisis in Ukraine, with the head of the Catholic Church voicing concerns about nuclear war.
“Can [the leaders of nations] Listen to the disturbing question scientists asked almost 70 years ago: ‘Should we put an end to humanity, or should humanity renounce war?’” he said, citing a 1955 statement by scientists that known as the Russell-Einstein Manifesto.
The war in Ukraine has contributed to what was – and was not – said during the Easter celebrations.
Earlier this week, Ukrainians protested a Pope-led Good Friday procession in which a Ukrainian and a Russian woman carried a cross together. The two women, a Ukrainian nurse and a Russian nursing student, are friends and the idea was to emphasize the need for people to come together to end conflict. However, the gesture was condemned as “inappropriate and ambiguous” by religious authorities in Ukraine.
At the end, while the procession was taking place, was the meditation that the two women had written considerably shortened.
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