Pope Francis compares plight of Ukrainians to extermination of Jews in WWII

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For war in Ukraine spoke on Wednesday (7/12) o Pope Francis comparing the plight of the Ukrainians to the extermination of an estimated two million people – mostly Jews – by the Nazis in the early years of Second World War.

During his address to Polish faithful at his weekly general audience, Francis pointed out that the Catholic University of Lublin in Poland recently marked the anniversary of “Operation Reinhardt.”

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This was the code name for a secret operation in a part of occupied Poland, which the Germans called the “General Government” area, and which included territories now in Ukraine.

May the memory of this horrific event give rise to peaceful intentions and actions in each of us” the pope underlined, as reported by the Athens News Agency, specifically referring to the operation and saying that it was an operation of “annihilation”.

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He then spoke off-text to add: “And history repeats itself. We see today what is happening in Ukraine.”

THE Russia calls its invasion of Ukraine a “special military operation” to “de-Naziize” the country and dislocate nationalists it considers dangerous.

Ukraine and its allies accuse Moscow of waging an unprovoked war aimed at grabbing territory from its pro-Western neighbor.

Since the invasion began in February, Francis has been escalating his criticism of Russia’s actions.

“Ukrainians are suffering a torture of aggression”

Last month he said that the Ukrainians they are undergoing a “torment of aggression” and compared Ukrainians’ suffering since the war to the “horrible genocide” of the 1930s, when Soviet leader Joseph Stalin imposed famine on the country.

Francis has repeatedly suggested Vatican mediation to end the war, but his growing criticism of Russia makes that highly unlikely.

In an interview last month with the Jesuit magazine America, Pope Francis spoke of what he called the brutality of Russian forces in Ukraine.

“Generally, the toughest are those from Russia, but not of the Russian tradition, such as Chechens, Buryats and so on. Clearly the aggressor is the Russian state. This is clear,” Francis said.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called the pope’s comments “unchristian” and incomprehensible.

Source: News Beast

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