“Let there be peace in the tortured Ukraine, which has been so severely tested by the violence and destruction of the brutal and senseless war in which it was involved. May a new dawn of hope come soon on this terrible night of suffering and death. “Peace be chosen.” Pope Francis once again referred to Putin’s war in Ukraine in his thoughts and in his words, this time during the Easter message and the subsequent Urbi et Orbi blessing, in front of St. Peter’s Square.
Ukraine, but also the Middle East (especially Jerusalem, which has experienced renewed episodes of violence in recent days), Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Congo, Ethiopia, Sahel, South Africa, Canada, America. The Latins also attended the Pope’s Easter message. “Conflict in Europe is also forcing us to pay more attention to tensions, suffering and other situations of pain that affect so many regions of the world that we can not and should not forget,” he cried. Because “peace is possible, peace is necessary, peace is everyone’s main responsibility!”
“We saw a lot of blood, a lot of violence. Also our hearts were full of fear and suffering while many of our brothers and sisters had to hide to protect themselves from the bombs. “It’s hard for us to believe that Jesus was really resurrected, that he truly overcame death,” Francis admitted. “Maybe this is an illusion, the fruit of our imagination?” He thought.
Regarding the pandemic, the Pope said: “It seems that the time has come for us to come out of the tunnel together, hand in hand, to gather strength and resources. Instead, we show that we still have the spirit of Cain, who sees Abel not as a brother but as an adversary and thinks about how to eliminate him. In the face of this he asserted: “We need the crucified resurrected to believe in the victory of love, to hope for reconciliation.”
“To stop showing force while people are suffering. “Please do not get used to war. Let us all restrain ourselves, let us call for peace in a loud voice, from the balconies and the streets,” Bergoglio demanded, urging (without Putin’s speech) “that the leaders of the nations should listen.” The cry of peace for the people that they are listening to the disturbing question that scientists asked themselves almost sixty years ago: “Are we going to end humanity; What if humanity rejects war?
“I hold in my heart the many Ukrainian victims, the millions of refugees and internally displaced persons, the broken families, the lonely elderly, the ruined lives and the ruined cities,” Francis admitted sadly. “I have in front of me the faces of orphans and children fleeing the war. By watching them, we do not hear their cries of pain, like the cries of many other suffering children around the world: those who die of starvation or lack of medical care, those who are victims of violence and violence, and those who have been denied the right to birth. Other injustices, other wars.
And a Call to Hope: “In the midst of the pain of war, there are also signs of hope, such as the open doors of so many families and communities welcoming migrants and refugees across Europe. May this abundant act of charity be a blessing to our communities, often humiliated by so much selfishness and individualism, and help them to be welcomed by all. ”
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Source: El Diario