Pope Francis Calls for Ukraine and Russia to ‘Stop and Negotiate’

Pope Francis Calls for Ukraine and Russia to ‘Stop and Negotiate’


ROME — Pope Francis offered prayers for Ukraine Sunday while urging the warring parties to “stop and negotiate.

During my recent journey to Canada, “I did not cease praying for the suffering and battered Ukrainian people, asking God to free them from the scourge of war,” the pontiff told pilgrims gathered in the Vatican for his weekly Angelus message.

“If one looked at what is happening objectively, considering the harm that war brings every day to those people, and even to the entire world, the only reasonable thing to do would be to stop and negotiate,” he asserted. “May wisdom inspire concrete steps toward peace.”

The pope’s appeal for negotiation signaled a different tack from that proposed by the head of the Ukrainian

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