Pope Francis reiterates his concern for the war in Ukraine in three different moments during the weekly General Audience, calling for disarmament and appealing for dialogue. He also highlights the many forgotten wars wreaking death and destruction across the globe.
Pope Francis on Wednesday again raised his voice against the “childish logic of weapons” and appealed for dialogue to stop the insanity of war, not only in Ukraine, but also in Syria, Yemen and Myanmar:
“I think of the insane war – insane! – of which the tormented Ukraine is a victim, and of so many other conflicts, which will never be resolved through the childish logic of weapons, but only through the mild force of dialogue.”
Speaking during his catechesis at the weekly General Audience, the Pope invited all men and women of goodwill to think of “the tormented Ukraine,” but also of “wars that have been going on for years.”
“What do wars do?” he continued, “They destroy, they destroy humanity, they destroy everything. Conflicts should not be solved through war.
And again, during his greeting to Italian pilgrims at the Audience, the Pope renewed his invitation to pray for “the tormented Ukraine”:
“Let us ask the Lord for peace for the people who are so afflicted and who suffer so much cruelty, so much cruelty on the part of mercenaries who wage war.”
In a third reference to the war in Ukraine during the Audience, Pope Francis reminded Polish pilgrims present in St. Peter’s Square that the day after tomorrow, Poland will celebrate the anniversary of its independence:
“May this significant anniversary inspire in everyone gratitude to God,” he concluded, “and a renewed commitment to fraternity, the protection of life and the dignity of the human person in your country and in the international arena, especially in neighbouring Ukraine.