Pope Francis spoke out against the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine while speaking on Christmas Day, calling for an end to the conflict.
Speaking at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, dad focused on the human toll of the war, which has been going on since February.
“May the Lord inspire us to make concrete gestures of solidarity to help all those who suffer, and may he enlighten the minds of those who have the power to silence the thunder of weapons and put an immediate end to this senseless war!” The Pope said, according to Agence France-Presse.
A similar message was published on the Pope’s Twitter Christmas.
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“Let’s see the faces of our brothers and sisters in Ukraine who are going through this #Christmas in the dark and cold, far from their homes, because of the war. May the Lord enlighten the minds of those who have the power to immediately put an end to this senseless war!”
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Meanwhile, war was raging on the holiday weekend, as a missile strike On the eve of Christmas, the Ukrainian city of Kherson fell. At least eight people were killed and at least 58 injured in the Saturday morning attack.
Kherson. On the eve of Christmas, in the central part of the city. This is terror, this is killing for intimidation and pleasure.” President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky tweeted in a message that accompanied photos of the destruction. “The world needs to see what absolute evil we are up against.”
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According to Governor Yaroslav Yanushevich, 74 separate strikes were carried out on Friday in the Kherson region, as a result of which five civilians were killed and 17 were injured.
Kherson was liberated by Ukrainian forces earlier this winter, making it a prime target for the continuation Russian attacks aimed at regaining lost territories.
Fox News’ Timothy Nerosi contributed to this report.