Pope Francis begs Putin for an immediate ceasefire to "absurd" war in Ukraine

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# 02 October 2022 18:10 (UTC +04:00)

Pope Francis has renewed his appeal for an immediate ceasefire to the ongoing war in Ukraine, citing fears of escalation and nuclear threats, during his weekly Sunday mass, APA reports citing CNN.

"In the name of God, in the name of the sense of humanity, I renew my appeal for an immediate ceasefire", the Pope told the crowds at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome earlier today.

"My appeal is directed mainly at the President of the Russian Federation, begging him to stop for the love of his people", the Pope said, also appealing to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to be "open to serious peace proposals."

Pope Francis said the war in Ukraine has turned into a devastating, dangerous and concerning conflict — a humanity "wound that keeps on bleeding" and risks expanding.

"Certain actions cannot be justified, ever... What to say about the fact that humanity is once again facing a nuclear threat? It's absurd," the Pope said.

The Pope also urged the international community to do "whatever they can" to promote dialogue to end "this inhumane tragedy".

"The war is an error and a horror," he said.

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