War will go nuclear: Pope pleads with Putin to end 'death spiral' in Ukraine
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The Pope addressed thousands of believers in St. Peter's Square with a message of peace. Francis' speech recalled the call of Pope John XXIII during the Cuban Missile Crisis, they say in the Holy See.
Pope Francis literally begged Russian President Vladimir Putin to stop the “spiral of violence and death” in Ukraine. The pontiff said this in an address to thousands of followers in St. Peter's Square, the press service of the Holy See in the Vatican reported.
“Instead of healing this terrible and incomprehensible wound for mankind, more and more blood is shed. Situation The rivers of blood and tears shed over these months make me sad,” Francis said.
The war in Ukraine is fraught with nuclear escalation with uncontrollable global consequences, Francis noted and condemned the annexation of the temporarily occupied Ukrainian territories.< /p>
The message was Pope Francis' first address to Putin directly, Reuters writes.
The Pope urged Putin to think about ordinary Russians if the conflict intensifies.
“I appeal first of all to the president RF, begging him to stop the spiral of violence and death, first of all, out of love for his own people. I appeal to the President of Ukraine (Vladimir Zelensky) to be open to serious peace proposals,” Francis said.
Pope Francis's “gloomy” message
A Vatican official told Reuters that Francis's address was grim and reminiscent of Pope John XXIII's radio call to peace in 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
In his speech, Francis stressed the right of all countries to sovereignty and territorial integrity.
“I deeply regret the serious situation and new actions that are contrary to the principles of international law,” he said, referring to the annexation of regions of Ukraine .
Francis called the news about the tragedies in Bucha, Irpen, Mariupol, Izyum, Zaporozhye and other cities visited by the Russian invaders “torturous”.
Francis had previously criticized Russian Patriarch Kirill for his support for an aggressive war with Ukraine. God, as the pontiff said, is peace and he always leads people along the path of peace, not war.
Focus previously wrote about the Pope's support for arms shipments to Ukraine. He considers it normal for a country to be able to defend itself and destroy an invader.