Pope Francis: In the name of God, 'stop this massacre' in Ukraine

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Banner calling for the consecration of Russia is displayed throughout Pope Francis' Angelus in St. Peter's Sq. on March 13, 2022. / Vatican Media Denver Newsroom, Mar 13, 2022 / 07:19 am (CNA). Pope Francis on Sunday referred to as for an finish to the “harrowing warfare” in Ukraine, condemning particularly the “barbarism” of Russia’s reported attacks final week on civilians— including pregnant ladies and youngsters— in the japanese metropolis of Mariupol. “With an aching heart I add my voice to that of the widespread individuals, who implore the top of the struggle,” the pope stated March 13, addressing the gang gathered in St. Peter’s Square in Rome following the Angelus, a Marian prayer."Within the identify of God, take heed to the cry of those that endure, and put an finish to the bombings and the assaults! Let there be actual and decisive give attention to the negotiations, and let the humanitarian corridors be efficient and protected. Within the identify of God, I ask you: stop this bloodbath!”Pope Francis waves to crowd gathered for the Angelus at St. Peter's Square on March 13, 2022. Vatican MediaThe pope’s words come following quite a few stories last week of civilian casualties in Mariupol, amid Russia’s try and seize the strategically-located city as part of its ongoing invasion of Ukraine, which began on Feb. 24. On Wednesday, March 9, a Russian strike on a maternity hospital in Mariupol killed at the very least three individuals and injured no less than 17, in line with local officials. Amid heavy loss of life within the metropolis, there have been studies of civilians being buried in mass graves. Pope Francis stated that Mariupol, a metropolis of 400,000 which was founded and named for the Virgin Mary, “has turn out to be a city martyred” amid the assault. “Confronted with the barbarism of the killing of youngsters, and of innocent and defenseless citizens, there are not any strategic reasons that maintain up: the only thing to be finished is to cease the unacceptable armed aggression before the town is decreased to a cemetery,” the pope stated. The pope’s phrases echoed those of a outstanding Catholic leader in Ukraine, Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, who lamented March 10 what he described as the “mass murder” of Ukrainians following Russia’s full-scale invasion. The following day, March 11, Shevchuk stated the assault is “turning into a warfare primarily towards the civilian, peaceable inhabitants.”As of Sunday, the United Nations Refugee Agency had estimated that 2.5 million individuals have fled Ukraine because the conflict began, many in search of refuge in Poland. Pope Francis urged the welcoming of refugees, “in whom Christ is current.”He also requested all diocesan and non secular communities to "improve their moments of prayer for peace." “God is simply the God of peace, he isn't the God of struggle, and people who help violence profane his identify. Now allow us to pray in silence for many who endure, and that God might convert hearts to a steadfast will for peace,” the pope concluded. In response to current reviews, a Russian rocket attack early Sunday on a army base close to Lviv, a metropolis close to the Polish border, killed no less than 35 individuals and injured 134. Because the start of the invasion, Pope Francis has referred to as for peace. He just lately urged Catholics worldwide to wish and quick for Ukraine on Ash Wednesday, which marked the start of Lent on March 2. He additionally dispatched two Vatican Cardinals to Ukraine, where amongst other things they have met with refugees. March 13, 2022 marked the ninth anniversary of Francis’ election as pope.

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