How many dead before learning to dialogue, asks Pope in Kazakhstan


Let’s not get used to war, pleads the pope, referring to Ukraine and the escalation in the Caucasus.

Pope Francis renewed his call for peace in Ukraine after a mass celebrated in Nursultan in front of the Catholic community in Kazakhstan on September 14, 2022. He said he learned with concern of the situation in the Caucasus, without naming the Armenia and Azerbaijan.

He reiterates his desire to limit the arms race by directing the “enormous war expenditure” towards the support of the populations.

“What more do we need, how many deaths do we have to wait for, before clashes give way to dialogue for the good of individuals, peoples and humanity,” Pope Francis lamented, thinking of “so many places scarred by war, including dear Ukraine”.

In front of some 3,000 faithful gathered for a mass on the place of the Expo of the Kazakh capital, the pontiff launched this plea: “Let’s not get used to war, let’s not resign ourselves to its inevitability.

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The Bishop of Rome, who has repeatedly called for peace since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, again invited everyone to pray that “the world will learn to build peace”.

Regarding the escalation in the Caucasus region in recent hours, he asked us to pray that “peaceful relations and harmony will also prevail in these territories”.

On September 13, large-scale clashes erupted on the Armenia-Azerbaijan border, resulting in the deaths of around 100 soldiers from both armies. The Armenian government denounced this as aggression.

In 2020, the Azerbaijani army took control of the mountainous region of Nagorno-Karabakh at the cost of a war that left more than 6,500 dead.

The Pope’s mass, celebrated outdoors, was the last official appointment of Pope Francis’ day in Kazakhstan, after his morning participation in the 7th Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, an interreligious summit bringing together around 100 religious representatives. of the whole world,

The Pontiff then dined privately at the nunciature.

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