Pope Francis Decries ‘New Blow to Peace’ in Ukraine

Posted 113 days ago


ROME — Pope Francis warned Sunday that possible Russian aggression in Ukraine threatens the security of the entire “European continent.”

“I am following with concern the increase of tensions that threaten to inflict a new blow to the peace in Ukraine, and call into question the security of the European continent, with wider repercussions,” the pope told pilgrims gathered in Saint Peter’s Square for his midday Angelus message.

“I make a heartfelt appeal to all people of good will, that they may raise prayers to God Almighty, that every political action and initiative may serve human brotherhood, rather than partisan interests,” the pontiff said, in clear reference to the Russian military buildup at the border with Ukraine.

“Those who pursue their own interests, to the detriment of others, disregard their human vocation, as we were all created as brothers and sisters,” Francis asserted, before announcing a special day of prayer for a peaceful resolution ... (Read more)