Pope steps up pleas for talks to end fighting

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Pope Francis has stepped up his pleas for negotiations to end the fighting in Ukraine saying the powerful decide and the poor die. POLITICO reported that Francis told the public in St. Peter’s Square that “this cruel and senseless war” continues after more than a month, representing “a defeat for all.”

He lamented that parents are burying their children, and “the powerful decide and the poor die.” Once again, he didn’t cite Russia by name as the aggressor.

Referring to reports that about one-half of all the children in Ukraine have been displaced by the conflict, Francis said that “war doesn’t just devastate the present but also the future of society.” TLTP

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