Pope Francis opened Holy Week Sunday with a name for an Easter truce in Ukraine to make room for a negotiated peace, highlighting the want for leaders to “make a few sacrifices for the best of the human beings.”
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis opened Holy Week Sunday with a name for an Easter truce in Ukraine to make room for a negotiated peace, highlighting the want for leaders to “make a few sacrifices for the best of the human beings.”
Celebrating Palm Sunday Mass earlier than crowds in St. Peter’s Square for the primary time because the pandemic, Pope Francis known as for “guns to be laid down to start an Easter truce, now no longer to reload guns and resume fighting, no! A truce to attain peace via actual negotiations.”
Francis did now no longer refer at once to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, however the reference turned into clear, and he has time and again denounced the strugglefare and the struggling added to harmless civilians.
During the conventional Sunday blessing following Palm Sunday Mass, the pontiff stated leaders have to be “inclined to make a few sacrifices for the best of the human beings.”
“In fact, what a victory could that be, who vegetation a flag below a pile of rubble?”
During his Palm Sunday homily, the pontiff denounced “the folly of strugglefare” that leads human beings to commit “mindless acts of cruelty.”
“When we hotel to violence … we lose sight of why we’re withinside the global or even emerge as committing mindless acts of cruelty. We see this withinside the folly of strugglefare, in which Christ is crucified but some other time,” he stated.
Francis lamented “the unjust loss of life of husbands and sons” … “refugees fleeing bombs” … “younger human beings disadvantaged of a future” … and “squaddies despatched to kill their brothers and sisters.”
After years of celebrating Palm Sunday Mass inner St. Peter’s Basilica with out a crowd because of pandemic distancing measures, the solemn birthday party again to the rectangular outside. Tens of heaps pilgrims and vacationers clutched olive branches and braided hands emblematic of the rite that remembers Jesus’ go back to Jerusalem.
Traditionally, the pope leads a Palm Sunday procession via St. Peter’s Square earlier than celebrating Mass. Francis has been tormented by a strained ligament in his proper knee that has triggered him to limp, and he turned into pushed in a black automobile to the altar, which he then reached with the assist of an aide. He left the Mass at the open-pinnacle popemobile, waving to the devoted withinside the piazza and alongside a part of the through della Conciliazione.
Palm Sunday opens Holy Week main as much as Easter, which this yr falls on April 17, and functions the Good Friday Way of the Cross Procession.