Pope says Mariupol ‘barbarously bombarded,’ implicitly criticizes Russia

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Pope Francis on Sunday described the conflict in Ukraine as a “macabre regression of humanity” that makes him “suffer and cry,” calling for humanitarian corridors to evacuate folks trapped within the Mariupol steelworks.

Chatting with 1000’s of individuals in St. Peter’s Sq. for his midday blessing, Francis once more implicitly criticized Russia.

In Roman Catholicism, the month of Might is devoted to Mary, the Mom of God. Francis requested for month-long prayers for peace in Ukraine.

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Pope Francis leads a Mass at St. Peter's Basilica April 14, 2022, in Vatican City, Vatican.

Pope Francis leads a Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica April 14, 2022, in Vatican Metropolis, Vatican.
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“My thoughts go immediately to the Ukrainian city of Mariupol, the city of Mary, barbarously bombarded and destroyed,” he mentioned of the principally Russian-controlled southeastern port metropolis, which is known as after Mary.

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Francis, 85, has not particularly talked about Russia or its president, Vladimir Putin, because the begin of the battle on Feb. 24, however he has left little doubt which aspect he has criticized, utilizing phrases akin to “unjustified aggression” and “invasion” and lamenting atrocities in opposition to civilians.

“I suffer and cry thinking of the suffering of the Ukrainian population, in particular the weakest, the elderly, the children,” he mentioned, mentioning “terrible news of children who are being expelled and deported.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin
(Yuri Kochetkov/Pool)

Ukraine has mentioned that Moscow has forcefully deported 1000’s of individuals to Russia. In remarks revealed Saturday, Russian International Minister Sergei Lavrov mentioned greater than 1 million folks have been evacuated from Ukraine into Russia since Feb. 24. Lavrov mentioned 2.8 million folks in Ukraine have requested to be evacuated into Russia.

Moscow phrases its motion in Ukraine a “special operation” to demilitarize and “denazify” its neighbor. Ukraine and the West say it is a baseless pretext for conflict.

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Francis referred to as for secure humanitarian corridors for these within the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol, the place troops and civilians are sheltering.

Pope Francis arrives to attend his weekly general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican April 13, 2022. 

Pope Francis arrives to attend his weekly common viewers within the Paul VI Corridor on the Vatican April 13, 2022. 
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He additionally questioned if the whole lot doable was being finished to result in an finish to the preventing by means of dialogue.

“While we are watching a macabre regression of humanity, I ask myself, along with many other anguished people, if peace is really being searched for, if there really is a willingness to avoid a continuing military and verbal escalation, if everything is being done to silence the weapons,” Francis mentioned.

He urged his listeners to “not give in to the logic of violence, to the perverse spiral of weapons” however to decide on a path of dialogue.

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