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October 03, 2022

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CWN Editor's Note: Pope Francis devoted his entire Sunday Angelus address on October 2 to the war in Ukraine.

“Let there be a halt to arms, and let us seek the conditions for negotiations that will lead to solutions that are not imposed by force, but consensual, just and stable,” Pope Francis said. “And they will be so if they are based on respect for the sacrosanct value of human life, as well as the sovereignty and territorial integrity of each country, and the rights of minorities and legitimate concerns.”

“My appeal is addressed first and foremost to the President of the Russian Federation, imploring him to stop this spiral of violence and death, also for the sake of his own people,” the Pope continued. “On the other hand, saddened by the immense suffering of the Ukrainian people as a result of the aggression they have suffered, I address an equally confident appeal to the President of Ukraine to be open to serious proposals for peace.”

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  • Posted by: jalsardl5053 - Oct. 04, 2022 8:45 PM ET USA

    Impressive rhetoric from a pope who generally talks using vague misty language. His two major points addressing Putin's ill-advised aggression and the Ukraine's right to defend itself are rare examples of clarity.

  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Oct. 04, 2022 1:09 AM ET USA

    Pope Francis is preaching to the wrong choir. He should be castigating his good friends Biden and Pelosi who are behind the U.S. warmongering in Ukraine. As Trump said last year, if he were the current occupant of the Oval Office, there would never have been a military conflict in Ukraine, with the human suffering it is causing in Eastern and Western Europe. Of course, the military-industrial complex in the U.S. loves the new orders for weapons needed to replenish our decimated arsenal.