This Pope is unlike any pope the catholic have ever had. He doesn’t hesitate to speak out. He has spoken out against Vladimir Putin and his war with Ukraine. The catholic has a heavy presence in Russia. While Putin’s High Priest turned the Ukraine invasion into a holy war.
Two days before he launched a bloody invasion of Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin sat alone in front of a camera and delivered a rambling, hour-long address. It outlined the ideological justification for what would ultimately become his “special military action” in Ukraine — an invasion that, as far as Putin was concerned, had more than a little to do with religion.
“Ukraine is an inalienable part of our own history, culture and spiritual space,” he said.
Two days later, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, head of the Russian Orthodox Church, spoke to military leaders and published a statement in honor of Defender of the Fatherland Day. The cleric congratulated Putin for his “high and responsible service to the people of Russia,” declared the Russian Orthodox Church has “always striven to make a significant contribution to the patriotic education of compatriots,” and lauded military service as “an active manifestation of evangelical love for neighbors.” “Reported by rollingstone.com“
Pope Francis on Saturday indirectly criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin for unleashing a “brutal” war in Ukraine in his most scathing rebuke of the Russian president, AP reported. VATICAN, March 18 (Reuters) – Pope Francis, stepping up his implicit criticism of Russia, on Friday called the war in Ukraine a “perverted abuse of power”.
In the interests of partisanship that has doomed defenseless people to violence. Negotiators resume talks to end Russia’s 37-day war against Ukraine. As humanitarian aid groups scramble to get food and supplies in besieged Mariupol and Ukrainian forces recapture Russian troops from the capital and another northern city.
The besieged city of Mariupol was devastated by some of the fiercest urban fightings of Russia’s 37-day war against Ukraine. It is believed that thousands of people were killed and many thousands fled. Both Mariupol and the Zaporizhzhia NPP have been under Russian control since March 4, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
The mayor of the Ukrainian capital invited Francis to come on March 8 as an envoy of peace, along with other religious figures, but recently also warned the city’s able-bodied escapees that the city was still threatened by Russian military action.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Russian troops were leaving behind a “total disaster” as they retreated from the north, including from towns near Kyiv, and warned residents to beware of Russian bombing and anti-personnel mines.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has warned of heavy fighting ahead as the Russians redeploy troops to eastern Ukraine. On January 27, as tensions between Ukraine and Russia escalate and Western countries recall their citizens and officials, Ukrainians said they were already preparing for war.
Kremlin dissident Alexei Navalny was quick to criticize the West over the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. While the Pope has previously condemned the violence in Ukraine, he has not directly criticized Putin or the Russian government.
The head of the Roman Catholic Church made comments on Thursday at the start of a two-day visit to the island nation of Malta, and while he did not name Putin, his comments would be seen as his sharpest criticism of Russia.
Saturday’s war-related criticism of Putin marked a new level of Francis’s outrage. Francis also said that the war made his heart hurt so much that he sometimes forgets about the pain in his knees. A week after conservative US Cardinal Raymond Burke criticized him in an interview as a “ship without a rudder,” the pope pushed him to be appointed to the Order of the Knights of St. John.
Pope Francis said Saturday he was considering a possible visit to the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv and blasted the leader who launched a “savage” war, delivering his most pointed denunciation yet of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
In his remarks in Malta, Francis didn’t cite President Vladimir Putin by name, but the reference was clear when he said “some potentate” had unleashed the threat of nuclear war on the world in an “infantile and destructive aggression.”
“We had thought that invasions of other countries, savage street fighting, and atomic threats were grim memories of a distant past,” Francis told Maltese officials on the Mediterranean island nation at the start of a weekend visit. “Reported by abcnews.go.com”
It’s good that someone like the Pope would speak out against the Ukraine invasion. The Pope speaking out isn’t going to end the war. It is good though to see religious clergy speaking out. It would be a world shocker if the Pope visited Ukraine while the war is going on. I wonder, would Putin order his troops to try and assassinate the Pope?
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