Pope warns against « metastases of gangrenous conflict » in Ukraine

During his Urbi et Orbi blessing this Saturday, December 25, François also lamented that the conflicts in Syria and Yemen, « immense tragedies », have been forgotten.

The Pope called on Saturday, December 25 to « dialogue » in order to « do not allow metastases from gangrenous conflict to spreadIn Ukraine, where tensions with pro-Russian separatists raise fears of a military escalation.

«Be the light and the support of those who believe and work, even against the grain, in favor of meeting and dialogue, and do not let the metastases of a gangrenous conflict spread in Ukraine», Declared the Sovereign Pontiff during his traditional Christmas message to the faithful gathered in Saint Peter’s Square in the Vatican.

He also recalled the “immense tragedies » and « forgotten« Which are played out in Syria and Yemen, in the grip of conflicts which have made »many victims and countless refugees». «We hear the cry of children rise from Yemen where a terrible tragedy, forgotten by everyone, has been unfolding in silence for years, killing people every day.», Declared the Pope.

Finally, the sovereign pontiff called not to give in to the temptation of « withdrawal». «In these times of pandemic», «our ability to maintain social relationships is strained; the tendency is reinforced to withdraw into oneself, to go it alone« , including « at an international level« , He declared, considering that »only the paths of dialogue really lead to conflict resolution».

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