Washington D.C., Dec 21, 2022 / 16:20 pm
As Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy visits the United States, about 1,000 faith leaders, including some Catholics, are calling for a Christmas truce in his country.
Led by The Fellowship of Reconciliation-USA, the National Council of Elders, CODEPINK, and the Peace in Ukraine Coalition, the petition asks the Biden administration to push for a “negotiated settlement” to bring the war to an end.
The leaders, uniting across diverse faith backgrounds, state that the solution to the war waged by Russia is not a military one.
Together, they signed a statement reading: “As people of faith and conscience, believing in the sanctity of all life on this planet, we call for a Christmas Truce in Ukraine. In the spirit of the truce that occurred in 1914 during the First World War, we urge our government to take a leadership role in bringing the war in Ukraine to an end through supporting calls for a cease-fire and negotiated settlement, before the conflict results in a nuclear war that could devastate the world’s ecosystems and annihilate all of God’s creation.”