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Pope calls for guns to ‘fall silent’ in Ukraine

By AFP
27 February 2022   |   12:48 pm
Pope Francis on Sunday called for an end to fighting in Ukraine on the fourth day of a Russian invasion of the country.

Pope Francis waves his hand to the crowd as he delivers his Angelus prayer from the window of his study overlooking St.Peter’s Square at the Vatican on February 27, 2022. – Pope Francis expressed his “deep pain for the tragic events” resulting from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine during a call with President Volodymyr Zelensky, Kyiv’s embassy to the Vatican said on February 26, 2022. (Photo by Vincenzo PINTO / AFP)

Pope Francis on Sunday called for an end to fighting in Ukraine on the fourth day of a Russian invasion of the country.

“Let the weapons fall silent,” he said. “God is with those who seek peace, not those resorting to violence.”

The Argentine pontiff also called for the “urgent” opening of humanitarian corridors to allow civilians to escape the onslaught.

“I am thinking of the elderly, of all those at the moment seeking refuge, of mothers fleeing with their children,” he said.

“They are brothers and sisters for whom it is urgent to open up humanitarian corridors and who must be welcomed.”

The UN refugee agency UNHCR says more than 368,000 people have fled Ukraine since Russia invaded on Thursday.

Many of those escaping to neighbouring countries have crossed over into Poland, where the authorities have counted some 156,000 crossing since that date.

Others have also headed to Moldavia, Hungary, Slovakia and Romania.