Pope decries 'scandal' of Ukraine Christians at war

Pope decries 'scandal' of Ukraine Christians at war

2 photos
Save Story

Estimated read time: Less than a minute

This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has denounced the surge in fighting in eastern Ukraine, saying it was a "scandal" that Christians were fighting among themselves.

During his weekly general audience Wednesday, Francis called for greater international efforts to bring Russian-backed separatists and Ukrainian troops back to negotiations.

The U.N. says indiscriminate shelling and an escalation in the fighting have killed at least 224 civilians in the past three weeks, raising the overall death toll to 5,358 people since April.

Francis said: "I think about you, Ukrainian brothers and sisters, and I think that this is a war among Christians! You have the same baptism, and you're fighting among Christians. Think about this, this scandal."

In urging prayers for peace, he said prayer was a "protest before God in times of war."

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


Most recent Features stories

The Associated Press


    Get informative articles and interesting stories delivered to your inbox weekly. Subscribe to the KSL.com Trending 5.
    By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to KSL.com's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

    KSL Weather Forecast