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The Simon Wiesenthal Center is grateful that Pope Francis has personally visited the Russian Embassy to the Holy See today to directly express his concerns over the invasion of Ukraine.
“We hope this signals that Pope Francis is directly involved in trying to mitigate this burgeoning disaster before it is too late,” said Rabbi Marvin Hier, Simon Wiesenthal Center CEO and Founder and Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean and Global Social Action Director. “We encourage all faith leaders, whatever their affiliation, to add their moral voices during this critical time,” they added.
“Ultimately, we hope that all of our prayers and stepped-up measures by US and NATO, will stop the Russians from taking over a neighbor and causing untold and unwarranted death and destruction,” Hier and Cooper concluded.
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