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Pope: Bearing arms is turning Ukrainians into martyrs

2023-09-24 16:10:00, Kosova & Bota CNA

Pope: Bearing arms is turning Ukrainians into martyrs

Pope Francis told reporters Saturday that holding arms in Ukraine is turning the Ukrainian people into "martyrs."

The pope made the comments during a press conference on a flight to Rome's Fiumicino airport after a two-day trip to Marseille. 

The Pope told reporters: "Now we see that some countries are pulling back, not giving arms. A process is starting where the martyrs will be the Ukrainian people, and this is an ugly thing."

Pope Francis also spoke of the "paradox" of countries supplying Ukraine with weapons before taking them, which was keeping the Ukrainians a "martyr people".

"Arms traffickers should never pay the consequences of their choices, but let them be paid by martyred peoples, such as the Ukrainian people," he said. 

The pope may have been referring to Poland's recent decision to halt arms supplies to Ukraine, amid a growing dispute between the two countries over a temporary ban on Ukrainian wheat imports, CNN reports. 

When asked for clarification, Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said the pope is not taking a position on whether countries should continue sending weapons to Ukraine or stop sending them, according to Reuters. 

Rather, his comments were a "reflection on the consequences of the arms industry: the Pope, paradoxically, was saying that those who traffic in arms never pay the consequences of their choices, but let people, like the Ukrainians, pay them. , who were martyred", said Bruni./ CNA

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