Vatican City, Jun 1, 2022 / 04:15 am
Pope Francis appealed on Wednesday for a resolution to the blockade of Ukrainian grain exports, condemning the use of a staple food “as a weapon of war.”
“Of great concern is the blockade of grain exports from Ukraine, on which the lives of millions of people, especially in the poorest countries, depend,” Pope Francis said in St. Peter’s Square on June 1.
“Please do not use wheat, a staple food, as a weapon of war,” he urged.
Without mentioning Russia by name, the pope said that he was making “a heartfelt appeal that every effort be made to resolve this issue and to guarantee the universal human right to food.”