We need “a human mass in the face of the infantile and destructive aggression that threatens us, in the face of the danger of a protracted Cold War that could kill the lives of peoples and entire generations.”
Speaking in Malta, the Pope quoted Giorgio La Pira, who spoke of “the infantilism of humanity”. “Unfortunately, that infantilism has not disappeared. “It returns arrogantly to the autocracy of the new imperialists, to the widespread aggression, to our inability to build bridges starting with the poor.”
That is why the Pope returns to seek peace for Ukraine: “Now, on the night of the war that has descended on humanity, let us not make the dream of peace disappear,” he said.
Later, although he did not quote Vladimir Putin directly, Bergoglio used clear words: “And while once again some powerful, unfortunately trapped in anachronistic claims of nationalist interests provoke and incite conflict, ordinary people feel the need to build a future that we will either have together or we will not have. “We thought that invasions of other countries, brutal battles and atomic threats were dark memories of a distant past. “But the icy wind of war, which brings only death, destruction and hatred, disturbed the lives of many people and the days of all,” he concluded in his speech at the Palace of the Grand Master before the authorities and the diplomat of the Mediterranean island.