Asia's bishops: 'On the brink of a nuclear holocaust, stop'.

Card. Charles Bo's appeal to Russian President Putin on behalf of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences: "Stop the attacks on Ukraine and return to the UN for a peaceful solution. The only way for the future of humanity is peace".



Bangkok (AsiaNews) - Just as the pandemic invoked a joint effort "for a global cure" the world is on the threshold of self-destruction: "all this must end". This is what the archbishop of Yangon, Cardinal Charles Bo, writes in an appeal launched in his capacity as president of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences (FABC).

"The world," writes the cardinal, "stands at an existential crossroads. The nightmare scenario of a global nuclear holocaust is frighteningly becoming a possibility.  The massive attacks on Ukraine and the imminent threat of the use of weapons of mass destruction have brought the world to the threshold of self-annihilation.  The heart-wrenching scenes of the attacks in Ukraine have shocked the world. This has to stop.  

The bishops of Asia's 16 bishops' conferences join Pope Francis' call for the resolution of problems through peaceful means. They say they are "heartened by the united response of the world community at the UN, where more than 140 countries have voted against this war of attrition that threatens to destroy human security and respect for global institutions".

They invite us to look at the lessons of history: "A century ago, when a spiralling pandemic was strangling the world, megalomaniac men unleashed the demons of two sadistic world wars.  More than 135 million people were killed by war in the 20th century. The memory of the holocaust remains a festering wound in the human conscience. May history not repeat itself in the 21st century".

Card. Bo continues, "The world has suffered greatly, encountering the multidimensional crisis of a pandemic that has killed millions of people and dealt a severe blow to the economy, impoverishing millions of people. This must be a time for global healing, not harm."  

We appeal directly to President Putin," the Archbishop of Yangon concluded on behalf of all the bishops of Asia. "Russia is one of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, charged with promoting world peace and guaranteeing the rights of every nation. We appeal to Russia to cease its attacks on Ukraine, and to return to the UN for the peaceful resolution of all issues. Peace is always possible, peace is the only way for humanity's future".