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Vatican insists on a diplomatic solution to the conflict in Ukraine

2015-02-10

During his general audience on Wednesday, February 4th, Pope Francis again denounced the situation in Ukraine. He called for an end to fratricidal violence.

POPE FRANCIS 
FEBRUARY 4
"Let us pray firstly for the victims, many of whom are civilians, and their families, and let us ask the Lord for an end, as soon as possible, to this horrible fratricidal violence. Think, this is a war between Christians! You have all had the same baptism! You are fighting among yourselves, with other Christians.”

The Vatican insists on a diplomatic, peaceful solution to the conflict. Father Federico Lombardi read a statement that left no doubts about the Holy See's position.

P. FEDERICO LOMBARDI
Vatican spokesman
"With these speeches, the Pope invites the faithful to pray for the deceased and injured in the violence. He also emphasizes that negotiations are the only way to break from the cycle of blame and accusations.”

Lombardi also said in his statement that the Pope has called for all sides to respect international law.


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