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Pope Francis condemns Russo-Ukraine war, appeals for peace

Pope Francis, currently an increasingly weakened former Soviet republic of Kazakhstan, told the Russian Orthodox hierarchy and other faith leaders that religion should never be used to justify the “evil” of war.

Pope Francis, currently an increasingly weakened former Soviet republic of Kazakhstan, told the Russian Orthodox hierarchy and other faith leaders that religion should never be used to justify the “evil” of war.

Pope Francis told the Russian Orthodox hierarchy and other religion leaders on Wednesday that religion should never be used to justify the “evil” of war, and asked at an outdoor mass in Kazakhstan, “How many deaths?” To make peace in Ukraine.

The increasingly vulnerable Mr. Francis appealed during his first full day in the former Soviet republic of Kazakhstan, where he opened a global interreligious conference and served the small Catholic community in the majority-Muslim country.

The audience of imams, patriarchs, rabbis and muftis at the conference was Metropolitan Anthony, in charge of foreign relations of the Russian Orthodox Church, which has strongly supported Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. His boss, Patriarch Kirill, was supposed to attend the Congress, but was canceled last month.

Mr. Kirill has supported Russia’s invasion on spiritual and ideological grounds, calling it a “spiritual” fight with the West. He blessed Russian soldiers to go to war and invoked the idea that Russians and Ukrainians are one person.

Mr. Francis did not mention Russia or Ukraine in his remarks at the Kazakh conference. But he insisted that faith leaders themselves should take the lead in promoting a culture of peace, because it would be hypocritical to expect that non-believers would promote peace if religious leaders did not.

“If the Creator to whom we have dedicated our lives is the author of human life, how can we, who call ourselves believers, consent to the destruction of that life?” He asked. “Considering the mistakes and errors of the past, let us unite our efforts to ensure that the Almighty will never again be held hostage to the human thirst for power.”

resolve disputes by talks not with weapons

Mr Francis then put forth a challenge to everyone in the room to commit to resolving disputes through dialogue and negotiation, not arms.

“Can we never justify violence. Do we never allow the holy to be exploited by the profane. The holy should never be the support of the power, nor should the power be the support of the holy!”

File photo of Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill in Havana, February 12, 2016.  Mr. Kirill has supported the Russian invasion on spiritual and ideological grounds.

File photo of Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill in Havana, February 12, 2016. Mr. Kirill has supported the Russian invasion on spiritual and ideological grounds. photo credit: Reuters

He made the appeal more apparent at an afternoon outdoor mass for Kazakhstan’s small Catholic community, in which he asked to pray for “Dear Ukraine”.

“How many deaths will there be before the conflict yields to a dialogue for the good of peoples, nations and all of humanity?” He asked. “The only solution is peace and the only way to arrive at peace is through dialogue.”

Russian Chancellor Explodes West’s Secular Mindset

Mr. Kirill sent a message to Congress that Anthony read aloud. In it, the Russian patriarch did not mention the war, but in general the problems caused by “efforts to build a world without relying on moral values” over the past two decades.

The Russian patriarch has destroyed the secular mindset of the West and claims that the seeds of the Ukraine conflict were sown by foreign threats to Russia’s borders. He portrays the conflict as a struggle against a foreign liberal establishment, which allegedly organizes “gay parades” in demanding countries as the price of entry into a world of greater consumption and freedom. .

“These efforts have led not only to the loss of the concept of justice in international relations, but also to brutal confrontations, military conflicts, the spread of terrorism and extremism in different parts of the world,” Mr Kirill said in his message.

Suggesting that he felt that Russia was the victim of a smear campaign, he denounced the spread of misinformation and the “distortion of historical facts” and the “manipulation of public consciousness” to create “hatred of entire peoples, cultures and religions”. To spread the message of

Grand Imam of Al-Azhar meets Pope Francis

In addition to the Russian Orthodox delegation, religious leaders included Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, the grand imam of al-Azhar, the seat of Sunni education in Cairo, who warmly welcomed Mr. Francis with a kiss on the cheek when the pope arrived. in a wheelchair.

Mr. Al-Tayeb used his speech at the conference to complain that traditional religions had been replaced by a culture of lust and same-sex marriage. “This is not acceptable, not even for animals and animals, let alone people with a pure heart and a healthy mind,” he said.

The Right Rev. Jo Bailey Wells, the Anglican bishop of Dorking and one of only half a dozen women to lead the delegation, lamented that women represent half the world’s population, but are rarely represented in religious leadership.

“My hope is that it will be a challenge for those present to empower women in the context of the family and in public society,” she told reporters.

‘Putin’s Altar Boy’

Before Mr. Kirill bowed down, there was speculation that Mr. Francis might meet Mr. Kirill on the sidelines of Congress. The two met in Cuba for the first time in 2016 – the first meeting of a pope and a Russian patriarch – and spoke by videoconference in the early weeks of the war.

Mr Francis later publicly criticized Kirill’s justification for the Russian invasion and warned that he should not become “Putin’s altar boy”.

Speaking to reporters after meeting Mr Francis, Mr Anthony said Mr Francis’ “altar boy” remarks did not go down well in Moscow. “It was not expected and clearly it is not useful for the unity of Christians,” he said. “It was a surprise. But we know we have to move on.”

He said the Kirill-Francis meeting was still possible, but stressed that it should be prepared well ahead of time and give a concrete joint statement, as was released after the Havana meeting.

In addition to meeting with Mr. Anthony, Mr. Francis was also meeting with Mr. al-Tayeb, the head of Russia’s Religious Council of Muslims and other Orthodox, Jewish, Lutheran and Muslim leaders.

Another visitor to Kazakhstan on Wednesday was clearly not on the agenda for Mr. Francis. Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Nur-Sultan on his first state visit outside China since the coronavirus pandemic. Vatican and Kazakh officials said they did not expect Mr Xi to meet the pope during his brief visit to a key economic and political ally in the region.

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