Pope Francis calls for Easter truce in Ukraine

Vatican City: Pope Francis opened Holy Week Sunday with a call for an Easter truce in Ukraine to make room for a negotiated peace, highlighting the need for leaders to make some sacrifices for the good of the people.
Celebrating Palm Sunday Mass before crowds in St. Peter’s Square for the first time since the pandemic, Pope Francis called for weapons to be laid down to begin an Easter truce, not to reload weapons and resume fighting.
Francis did not refer directly to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, but the reference was clear, and he has repeatedly denounced the war and the suffering brought to innocent civilians.
During the traditional Sunday blessing following Palm Sunday Mass, the pontiff said leaders should be willing to make some sacrifices for the good of the people.
During his Palm Sunday homily, the pontiff denounced the folly of war that leads people to commit senseless acts of cruelty.
“When we resort to violence … we lose sight of why we are in the world and even end up committing senseless acts of cruelty. We see this in the folly of war, where Christ is crucified yet another time,” he said.

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