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Pope links plight of Ukrainians today to Stalin’s genocide

November 23, 2022

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CWN Editor's Note: Pope Francis made his strongest statement to date against the war in Ukraine during his public audience on November 23, comparing the conflict to the genocide of the Stalin era.

“Saturday begins the anniversary of the terrible genocide of the Holodomor, the extermination by starvation artificially caused by Stalin between 1932-1933,” Pope Francis said on November 23. “Let us pray for the victims of this genocide and let us pray for so many Ukrainians — children, women, elderly, babies — who today are suffering the martyrdom of aggression.”

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Nov. 24, 2022 7:22 AM ET USA

    What began as a special military operation in support of the survival of an Orthodox Christian country against the moral and physical assaults of an unbelieving West, has resulted in recent human suffering in the same geographic region as the genocide of the Holodomor. In the Holodomor the Christian Ukrainians were fighting against an atheist onslaught. But today a corrupt Ukrainian leadership is leading Christians down paths of moral and physical destruction. Opposite motivations then and now.