Vatican City, 12 April, 2022 / 8:00 pm (ACI Africa).
Pope Francis on Tuesday sent a message to participants in an interreligious pilgrimage of solidarity with Ukraine.
The event, organized by the Elijah Interfaith Institute, took place in the town of Chernivtsi, which is in southwest Ukraine, around 25 miles from the border with Romania.
“I thank you for the initiative of this moment of prayer and fraternity between followers of the different religions, which contributes to strengthening the sense of responsibility of believers before a war that contradicts all those efforts made in past decades to build a world with fewer weapons and greater peace,” Pope Francis said.
He said “the present moment leaves us deeply troubled, because it is marked by the forces of evil.”
“The suffering inflicted on so many frail and defenseless persons,” he continued, “the many civilians massacred and the innocent victims among the young; the desperate plight of women and children ... All this troubles our consciences and obliges us not to keep silent, not to remain indifferent before the violence of Cain and the cry of Abel, but instead to speak out forcefully in order to demand, in the name of God, the end of these abominable actions.”