Pope Francis laments war in Ukraine without taking sides

ROME-Pope Francis celebrated a liturgy for peace between Russia and Ukraine, lamenting the “vicious war that has afflicted so many people and caused suffering to all…this cruel and senseless war that threatens our world”, in his most famous gesture to date, respecting the conflict its neutrality.

Friday’s ceremony in St. Peter’s Basilica, which the pope called on Catholic bishops and their sympathizers around the world to join in prayer, was marked by tensions between his sympathy for what he called “our defenseless Ukrainian brothers and sisters” under bombardment , and his continued refusal to explicitly name Russia as an aggressor.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/pope-francis-laments-war-in-ukraine-without-taking-sides-11648226928 Pope Francis laments war in Ukraine without taking sides

Ethan Gach

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