To a recent gathering of the Community of Sant’Egidio at Berlin’s symbolic Brandenburg Gate, Pope Francis delivered a message with an impassioned plea for peace.

Drawing attention to the historical significance of the Brandenburg Gate, he reminisced about the hope that enveloped the world when the Berlin Wall fell in 1989. This moment sparked aspirations for global peace after the Cold War era.

However, the Pope observed, “Instead of tearing down walls, more walls have been erected,” adding that, “Sadly, it is often a short step from wall to trench.”

Pope Francis described the ongoing war in Ukraine as a “terrible conflict with no end in sight.” Reflecting on last year’s peace meeting in Rome, he quoted, “The plea for peace cannot be suppressed: it rises from the hearts of mothers; it is deeply etched on the faces of refugees, displaced families, the wounded and the dying.”

The Pope acknowledged that there’s no easy solution to end conflicts, but highlighted the essential role of the international community in seeking resolutions. He firmly stated that current strategies aren’t working and urged leaders to try new approaches. He dubbed this proactive approach the “audacity of peace.”

Pope Francis called on believers of all faiths to intensify their prayers for peace, saying, “Let us not be afraid to become beggars for peace.” He encouraged them to channel the despair of war into potent prayers that reach the heavens. Highlighting the power of relentless prayer, he recalled Christ’s words, “Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.”

Ending his message, Pope Francis expressed faith in the enduring spirit of hope and unity. He emphasized that while the path to peace may seem difficult, it’s not impossible.

“Let us trust that the Lord always hears the anguished cry of His children,” he said.

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