Pope: “War is not the way to a better world”

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Pope Francis once again made an urgent appeal against war at the Angelus prayer on Sunday. “Do we really believe we can build a better world this way? Do we believe that peace can be achieved in this way? Enough, please!”

“I carry in my heart every day the suffering of the populations of Palestine and Israel due to the ongoing hostilities. Thousands of dead, wounded, and displaced: the immeasurable destruction causes pain,” the Pope told the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square. The Pope’s health seemed to have recovered after cancelling appointments last week due to the flu.

Francis emphasized the “enormous consequences” of the war on the children “who see their future endangered.”. “Let us all say: Enough, please! Stop!” said the Pope. He called for the start of negotiations for an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and the entire region and demanded “safe access” to humanitarian aid.

Call for negotiations
“I call for the continuation of negotiations for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza and in the entire region so that the (Israeli) hostages can be released immediately and returned to their eagerly awaited relatives, and the civilian population (in Gaza) can have safe access to urgently needed humanitarian aid.” He also recalled the situation in Ukraine: “Let us not forget the tormented Ukraine, where so many people are dying every day, and there is so much pain”.

Pope Francis also made an urgent appeal for disarmament during the Angelus prayer. “How many resources are wasted on military spending? I hope that the international community understands that disarmament is, first and foremost, a moral duty that we must remember and that requires the courage of all members of the great family of nations to move from the balance of fear to the balance of trust,” said Francis.

  • source: ORF.at/Agencies/picture: pixabay.com

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