Pope Francis on Sunday called for humanitarian corridors to help refugees leave Ukraine and said those who wage war should not be fooled into thinking God is on their side.
Addressing people in St. Peter’s Square, some holding large Ukrainian flags, the Holy Father also said his “heart is broken” by the war and condemned those who “rely on the diabolical and perverse logic of arms.”
In addition, Pope Francis on Sunday called for “guns to be silent” in Ukraine, also calling for the “urgent” opening of “humanitarian corridors” for refugees fleeing the Russian invasion.
May the arms be silent,” the pontiff said at the end of his traditional public prayer of the Angelus in St. Peter’s Square.
God is with those who seek peace, not with those who resort to violence,” he lamented.
I think of the elderly, of all those who are currently seeking refuge, of the mothers fleeing with their children. They are brothers and sisters for whom it is urgent to open humanitarian corridors and who must be welcomed,” he said.
The Argentine pontiff, who greeted the Ukrainian faithful present with their national flags in the crowd of pilgrims telling them in their language “Praise be to Jesus Christ,” claimed to have “a wounded heart from what is happening in Ukraine.”
Let’s not forget the wars in many other places in the world, such as Yemen, Syria, Ethiopia,” he added.