Pope Francis is calling for peace and an end to the war in Ukraine on Easter Sunday (local time).
Pope Francis said, “Please, let’s not get used to war. I urge national leaders to listen to the people’s appeal for peace.”
In 1955, the Pope quoted a statement from a 1955 declaration jointly issued by the British philosopher Bertrand Russell and the American physicist Albert Einstein that warned of the dangers of nuclear war.
“Ukraine has been drawn into this cruel and meaningless war and is suffering from violence and destruction. In this terrible night of pain and death, may a new dawn of hope come, may there be resolutions for peace.”
In addition to Ukraine, the Pope prayed for peace and stability by mentioning Lebanon, Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Myanmar, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which are experiencing conflicts and political and economic crises.
Today’s Easter Mass resumed at St. Peter’s Square for the first time since the COVID-19 crisis. Last year and last year, the Mass was held in St. Peter’s Basilica with a minimum number of visitors allowed. According to papal estimates, about 100,000 believers gathered in the square to attend Mass.
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