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Pope Francis: Ukraine humanitarian crisis ‘growing dramatically’ amid ‘river of blood and tears’


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Pope Francis condemned the Russia-Ukraine conflict in his strongest language yet throughout his weekly handle in St. Peter’s Sq. at the Vatican on Sunday.

“Rivers of blood and tears are flowing in Ukraine,” the pope claimed. “It is not just a navy operation, but a war which sows demise, destruction and distress. The number of victims is rising, as are the folks fleeing, specifically mothers and youngsters.”

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“The will need for humanitarian assistance in that troubled nation is growing drastically by the hour,” Francis continued.  “War is insanity! End, remember to! Glance at this cruelty!”

Soon right after the outbreak of hostilities past thirty day period, Pope Francis manufactured the incredible papal gesture of heading to the Russian embassy in Rome to categorical his issue about the war.

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The pope’s homily on Sunday continued his routine of refraining from publicly contacting out Russia, presumably for fear of antagonizing the Russian Orthodox Church, with which he is trying to establish more robust ties.

Pope Francis holds his homily during a Mass on the Solemnity of the Epiphany at St. Peter's Basilica on Jan. 6, 2022, in Vatican City.

Pope Francis retains his homily throughout a Mass on the Solemnity of the Epiphany at St. Peter’s Basilica on Jan. 6, 2022, in Vatican Town.
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The pope’s exhortation echoed that of much more than 280 Russian Orthodox clergy, who signed an open letter urging for an close to the “fratricidal war” in Ukraine, as of Sunday.

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“We mourn the ordeal to which our brothers and sisters in Ukraine were undeservedly subjected,” the letter go through, according to a translation in The Christian Write-up.

Morning fog surrounds the thousand-year-old Monastery of the Caves, also known as Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra, one of the holiest sites of Eastern Orthodox Christians, in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018.

Morning fog surrounds the thousand-calendar year-aged Monastery of the Caves, also recognised as Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra, a single of the holiest sites of Jap Orthodox Christians, in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018.
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The clergy also lamented the divisions the ongoing conflict has torn open up, creating, “It saddens us to believe of the gulf that our small children and grandchildren in Russia and Ukraine will have to bridge in get to start out to be buddies once again, to regard and adore each individual other.”

“Halt the war,” they urged.

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A 2018 survey found that about 67.3% of Ukraine’s inhabitants identifies as some type of Orthodox Christianity, with 28.7% part of the Kyiv-primarily based Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU), 23.4% merely “Orthodox,” and 12.8% UOC-MP.

The and WHD News Digital’s Tyler O’Neil contributed to this report.

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