Pope Francis affirmed this Wednesday that the war in Ukraine, like all the others, “represents an outrage against God, a blasphemous betrayal of the Lord”, during the general audience held in the Paul VI hall.
Francis returned to the subject of war, adding that it is “always a human action leading to the idolatry of power”.
Although the pope today did not call for an end to the war in Ukraine, he did reflect on the wars and quoted the book by the Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky, “The Legend of the Grand Inquisitor”, which is usually very present in his readings. This time he remarked that “the temptation of a false peace, based on power, which then leads to hatred and betrayal of God, and so much bitterness in the soul”.
Also he rejected the idea of “armed peace”. “The peace of Jesus does not dominate others, it is never an armed peace, never!” he exclaimed at the end of the audience.
“Yes, because while worldly power only leaves destruction and death, and we have seen it these days, its peace builds history, starting from the heart of each man who welcomes it,” he added.
And he asked that in these days the faithful stand before the Crucifix to ask for “peace of heart and peace in the world.”
Besides, He told the Polish faithful that this time they will celebrate Easter “in a special way: together with many Ukrainian guests.”
“Easter is a family celebration and you, open your houses, have become your family,” he added.
(With information from EFE)
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