ROME – Ukraine is heavily hung on The Heart of Pope Francis on Sunday when he delivered the annual message “Urbi et Orbi” (“To the City and the World”). in st peter’s square, in which he named for world on that he described it year like “Easter of war.”
Francis, who begged a week ago for easter truce in Ukraine, talked to dozens of thousands of loyal. It was far from a few hundred who attended celebration last year which was limited because of pandemic.
“We saw too much blood, too much violence,” Francis said. “Our hearts were filled too with fear and longing, like many of our brothers and sisters had to lock themselves up in to avoid being bombed.” Instead of of learning from the heavy losses inflicted by the pandemic and new with Solidarity has grown stronger, rivalry has prevailed, he said.
He also called on world leaders carry in note the disturbing question scientists asked nearly 70 years ago when they raised a ghost of nuclear annihilation.
“Are we going to put an end to the human race, or will humanity give up war?” Francis asked, quoting the so-called “Russell-Einstein Manifesto” published by the philosopher Bertrand Russell. in 1955 and signed by intellectuals and scientists including Albert Einstein.
However, the Easter message was one of peace, he said. Urbi et Orbi traditionally represents the State of global conflicts and Francis called for world in wars from Yemen to Syria to Libya and Afghanistan.
But the war in Ukraine seemed big. It is a country “greatly tested by violence and destruction.” of cruel and senseless war into which he was drawn,” Francis said to applause in the square. “On this terrible night of suffering and death new dawn of hope soon appear”, and negotiations lead to the world, he added calling on everyone people beg for peace ‘from our balconies and in our streets” and for world leaders to heed these requests.
In his heart, according to Francis, he held “many Ukrainian victims, millions of refugees and internally displaced persons, separated families, the elderly left themselves, broken lives and ruined cities.” He thanked the families and communities that welcomed these refugees, as well as migrants from different places, to their homes. homes.
“Every war brings in his traces of awakening that affect the entire human family: from grief and mourning to drama of refugees, as well as an economic and food crisis, signs of which we already see,” said Francis.
“Falled with ongoing signs of war, as well as many painful failures in life, Jesus Christ, the victor over sin, fear and death exhorts us do not succumb to evil and violence. Can we be won over the world of Christ. The world is possible; the world is duty; peace is the main duty of everyone.”