“No more bloodshed, no more conflicts, no more violence and mutual recriminations about who is responsible for it, no more leaving your people athirst for peace. No more destruction: it is time to build! Leave the time of war behind and let a time of peace dawn!” the Pope insisted.
Pope Francis is urging everyone to pray for the soul of a Nigerian priest who was murdered last Sunday, and to continue to remember and pray for the many Christians who suffer violence directly, especially for the suffering people of Ukraine.
The Haitian Bishops released a Christmas message calling on armed gangs to end the violence and local authorities to establish civic institutions for a brighter future. The message emphasizes the need to reform civic institutions, notably the legal system.
The Bishops of Peru stressed, in a statement published on December 12 on the recent deadly protest, that “Violence is not the solution to crisis or differences. No more violence, no more deaths! Peru must be our priority!”