On a visit to Malta, the sovereign pontiff evoked the Russian invasion, which began on February 24, on the initiative of Vladimir Putin.
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Pope Francis spoke on Saturday, April 2, at the start of his visit to Malta, of the war in Ukraine, denouncing the “icy wind of war” came from “Eastern Europe”. “Some powerful, sadly locked in his anachronistic pretensions of nationalist interests, provoke and foment conflict”launched the sovereign pontiff during his first speech, in front of the authorities and the diplomatic corps at the presidential palace in Valletta.
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“We thought invasions from other countries, fierce urban fighting and atomic threats were dark memories of the distant past. But the icy wind of war, which brings only death, destruction and hatred, is is brought down with violence on the lives of many people”said Pope Francis.
85-year-old Pope Francis also explained that an upcoming visit to Ukraine, at the invitation of President Volodymyr Zelensky, was “on the table”. He has also denounced the “autocracy seductions”the “new imperialisms” and “general aggression”targeting those “who advance on their own account, in search of spaces and areas of influence”.
Evoking the “refugees from martyred Ukraine”he also called for “global and shared responses” in front of “the widening of the migratory emergency”as millions flock to Europe. “It is not possible that some countries take charge of the whole problem in the indifference of others!”launched the pope, fervent defender of the reception of exiles.