World is starving for peace, Pope Francis says in Christmas message

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis calls for an end to the war in Ukraine and other conflicts in Christmas message on Sunday, saying that the world is suffering from a “peaceful famine”.
Giving his 10th Christmas blessing “Urbi et Orbi” (to the city and the world) and the message of his pontificate, he also urged people to look beyond “shallowness”. holiday glitter” and helping the homeless, immigrants, refugees and the poor looking for comfort, warmth and food.
“Let us look into the faces of all the children, everywhere in the world, longing for peace,” he said, speaking from the central balcony of St. where he first appeared as pope when elected. on March 13, 2013.
“Let us also look at the faces of our Ukrainian brothers and sisters who are spending this Christmas in the dark and cold, far from their homes due to the devastation of ten months of war,” he told tens of thousands of people. . in the box below.
He spoke just hours after air raid sirens blared across Ukraine and a day after Kiev reported a Russian attack on the newly liberated city. Kherson killed at least five people and wounded 35 others on Saturday in what President Volodymyr Zelenskiy condemned as wanton killing for entertainment.
“May the Lord inspire us to make concrete gestures of solidarity to help all who are suffering, and may he enlighten the minds of those who are able to quell the thunder of weapons and put an end to this pointless war!” Pope Francis speak.
He said the Ukraine conflict should not alleviate concern for those whose lives have been ravaged by other conflicts or humanitarian crises, among them Syria, Myanmar, Iran, Haiti and the Sahel region of Africa.
“Our time is going through a severe famine of peace…” he said.
Pope Francis calls for the resumption of dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians in the Holy Land, where Jesus was born.
This year saw the worst level of violence in the Israeli-occupied West Bank in more than a decade, with at least 150 Palestinians and more than 20 Israelis killed.
When many people sit around ‘a spacious table’, a large amount of daily food is wasted and resources are spent on weapons, he said.
He again condemned the use of food as a weapon of war, saying the war in Ukraine had put millions at risk of starvation, referring to Afghanistan and the countries of the Horn of Africa.


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