Pope Francis gave his Sunday Angelus address before 30,000 pilgrims gathered in Saint Peter’s Square yesterday.

With the war in Ukraine entering it’s second month, Pope Francis again appealed for peace.

“Enough! Stop it! Silence the weapons. Move seriously toward peace.”

“Instead, we need to convert today’s anger into a commitment for tomorrow, because if, after what is happening, we remain like we were before, we will all be guilty in some way. Before the danger of self-destruction.” 

He said war has consequences that “not only devastate the present, but the future of society as well.

“We need to reject war, a place of death where fathers and mothers bury their children, where men kill their brothers and sisters without even having seen them, where the powerful decide and the poor die.”

Pope Francis drew attention to those affected most by the conflict, children.

“I read that from the beginning of the aggression in Ukraine, one of every two children has been displaced from their country. This means destroying the future, causing dramatic trauma in the smallest and most innocent among us. This is the bestiality of war — a barbarous and sacrilegious act.”

“The moment has come to abolish war, to erase it from human history before it erases human history.”

“I beg every political leader to reflect on this, to dedicate themselves to this! And, looking on battered Ukraine to understand how each day of war worsens the situation for everyone.”

Remembering the consecration of Ukraine and Russia to Mary, he said again “let us continue to pray untiringly to the Queen of Peace.”

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