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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

World is looking to Pope Francis to help end Ukraine war

US Vatican ambassador: World is looking to Pope Francis to help end Ukraine war

The first time new U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See Joseph Donnelly ever stepped foot inside of St. Peter's Basilica was just hours after he arrived in Rome on March 16, when he attended a prayer service for peace with diplomats from around the world, including Ukraine and Russia.

Laying eyes on Michelangelo's Pietà, he said the "agony on the Blessed Mother's face was so real," especially in light of the raging war. The war in Ukraine has quickly become President Joe Biden's most pressing international priority, and as Biden's representative to the Vatican, Donnelly believes the United States has a critical partner here in helping bring about peace.

"I know that the rest of the world, when they hope for one person to solve this problem, they look at the pope," Donnelly told NCR on May 16, in his first interview with a U.S. news agency since his arrival in Rome.

"The United States will do anything humanly possible to partner with the Vatican or anyone else to see a peaceful conclusion to Ukraine," he said.

Read the article by Vatican correspondent Chris White.

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Buffalo makes it clear: racism and gun violence are a Christian problem

NCR columnist Franciscan Fr. Dan Horan learned of the mass shooting at a grocery store in Buffalo on May 14 just as he was boarding a plane to the city, in order to take part in the annual commencement ceremonies at St. Bonaventure University. He says the shooting makes it clear that both racism and gun violence are twin pandemics facing the country, and ones that Christians must respond to.

"You cannot claim to be a legitimate Christian and espouse white supremacist ideology, deny the reality of racism, embrace white nationalism or conspiratorial narratives, or support the proliferation of assault weapons and other weapons of mass destruction," writes Horan.

"Pretending that the body politic or the Body of Christ is not infected with these destructive viruses will not make them go away," he says.

Read more of Fr. Dan Horan's column here.

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