from Pax Christi International
Pax Christi International has written to Pope Francis about the escalation of tensions in Ukraine and the need for coordinated international action to ensure peace and the avoidance of war. We expressed gratitude to the Holy Father for his leadership in calling for a nonviolent resolution and initiating a world day of prayer for Ukraine, in which our movement has faithfully participated.
The situation now facing Ukraine recalls the Cuban Missile Crisis of sixty years ago. This situation brought the world to the precipice of nuclear war, and saw the intervention of Saint Pope John XXIII. He used emissaries to privately communicate to both sides and made a public appeal for “moral responsibility” on both sides. We humbly pray and hope that Pope Francis may similarly help open way for dialogue and the building of trust as the world faces yet another senseless violent conflict.