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Pope Francis calls on society to ‘abolish’ war in Russia-Ukraine conflict

Pope Francis said on Sunday that society must “abolish” war before it “erases human history” as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine stretches on for more than a month. Photo by Vatican Media/EPA-EFE

March 27 (UPI) — Pope Francis on Sunday called on society to “abolish” war amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, saying it is destroying not just the present but the future.

During his weekly address at the Angelus, the pope said that war “aggravates everyone’s situation” by launching a call to “silence the guns” and to “move seriously towards peace”.

“Before the danger of self-destruction, let humanity understand that the time has come to abolish war, to erase it from human history before it erases human history,” he said. he declares. “Let every political leader reflect and devote himself to it!”

Pope Francis’ comments came as Russia claimed responsibility for the destruction of a fuel base near the western Ukrainian city of Lviv on Sunday.

He also referred to statistics from UNICEF, which said on Thursday that more than half of Ukrainian children have been displaced by the war, which has now lasted more than a month, including 1.8 million who have crossed the neighboring countries and 2.5 million displaced inside Ukraine. .

“It destroys the future, traumatizing the smallest and most innocent,” Pope Francis said. “It is the bestiality of war, a barbaric and sacrilegious act!