Pope Francis joins U.N. appeal in support of Orthodox Easter truce for Ukraine


Share post:

Pope Francis supports the appeal by the heads of the United Nations and Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church for a four-day “Easter truce” so those trapped in Ukraine’s war zones can be evacuated, the Vatican said Thursday.

According to a statement released by the Vatican’s press office, “The Holy See and the Holy Father join the appeal” by U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk, who heads the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, “for a truce on the occasion of the celebration of Easter according to the Julian calendar,” which takes place Sunday.

“In the knowledge that nothing is impossible for God, they invoke the Lord so that the population trapped in war zones may be evacuated and peace may soon be restored, and they ask those leading the nations to listen to the people’s cry for peace,” the Vatican statement said.

This is the second time that the pope has called for a cease fire in the country invaded by Russia on February 24th.

Addressing pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square on April 10, which is Palm Sunday according to the Gregorian calendar, the pope asked for a truce, saying, “Let the weapons be put down! Let the Easter truce begin.”

While the pontiff has condemned war, he has yet to name Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin. Francis has been speaking via video conference with Kirill, Russian Orthodox patriarch, since the invasion. But, he hasn’t publicly asked the Putin-aligned spiritual head to abjure the war.

Related articles

Oriental supplies increased regardless of losses on Wall surface Road

Shares increased in Asia on Tuesday after an additional rising and fall day prolonged the touch...

North Korea’s Kim Deals with ‘Significant Predicament’ on Foreign Help as Infection Rises

Considering that recognizing a COVID-19 break out recently, North Korea has actually claimed "an explosively spreading out high...

United state introduces reducing of visa as well as family members compensation constraints on Cuba

WASHINGTON: The USA stated on Monday it was reducing constraints on traveling to Cuba as well as sending...

New health centers in the United States are dealing with a financial situation as a result of the help cash to Corona

THOMASVILLE, Ala. (AP) - A whole community was commemorated in 2020 when, at the beginning of...