Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Apr 24, 2022 / 07:56 am
Pope Francis on Sunday renewed his call for a truce in Ukraine, saying "the attack must be stopped."
“Today various Eastern Churches, Catholic and Orthodox, and several Latin communities, celebrate Easter according to the Julian calendar. We celebrated it last Sunday, following the Gregorian calendar. I offer them my warmest wishes: Christ is risen, he is truly risen! May he fill with hope the good expectations of hearts. May he grant peace, outraged by the barbarity of war,” the pope said on April 24.
Pope Francis delivered his remarks about the war from his balcony above St. Peter's Square at the conclusion of his Regina Caeli reflection for Divine Mercy Sunday.
“Today marks two months since the beginning of this war: Instead of stopping, the war has worsened. It is sad that in these days, which are the holiest and most solemn for all Christians, the deadly roar of weapons is heard rather than the sound of bells announcing the Resurrection; and it is sad that weapons are increasingly taking the place of words,” he continued.