Pope Francis calls Russia’s invasion of Ukraine a ‘merciless and mindless struggle of aggression’

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Pope Francis condemned “armed conquest, expansionism, and imperialism” on Thursday and referred to as Putin’s invasion of Ukraine a “cruel and senseless war of aggression.” 

“Reconciliation among separated Christians, as a means of contributing to peace between peoples in conflict, is a most timely consideration these days, as our world is disrupted by a cruel and senseless war of aggression in which many, many Christians are fighting one another,” the Pope instructed a delegation of Orthodox leaders. 

Earlier within the week, the Pope decried a “barbarous” missile strike on a Ukrainian mall that left 18 lifeless, saying that he carries “dear and martyred Ukraine” in his coronary heart day-after-day. 

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, Vatican. 

Pope Francis holds his homily throughout  a Mass on  the Solemnity of the Epiphany at St. Peter’s Basilica on Jan. 6, 2022, in Vatican Metropolis, Vatican. 
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The Pope’s feedback this week mark a extra forceful condemnation of Russia’s actions since Putin invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24. 

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He had raised eyebrows world wide final month when he instructed to the Italian Corriere della Sera newspaper that the “barking of NATO at Russia’s door” might have compelled Russia to invade. 

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Then in an interview revealed on June 18, the Pope mentioned that the struggle was “perhaps somehow either provoked or not prevented.”

“Someone can tell me at this point: but you are in favor of Putin! No, they are not,” he instructed Jesuit journal La Civiltà Cattolica. “It would be simplistic and wrong to say such a thing. I am simply against reducing complexity to the distinction between good and bad, without thinking about roots and interests, which are very complex.”

The Vatican has sought to take care of relations with Patriarch Kirill, the top of the Russian Orthodox Church and a key ally of Putin. 

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill, left, and Pope Francis talk during a meeting at the Jose Marti airport in Havana, Cuba, in February 2016.

The pinnacle of the Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill, left, and Pope Francis speak throughout a gathering on the Jose Marti airport in Havana, Cuba, in February 2016.
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Pope Francis and Kirill met in Cuba in 2016, marking the primary time {that a} pontiff and chief of the Russian Orthodox Church have met in particular person because the Nice Schism in 1054. 

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The 2 have been supposed to fulfill in Jerusalem earlier this month, however the Vatican referred to as the journey off in April. 

Pope Francis mentioned in Might that Kirill should be cautious to not “transform himself into Putin’s altar boy,” sparking criticism from the Russian Orthodox Church. 

Reuters contributed to this report. 

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