Pope Francis arrived in Kazakhstan on Tuesday as a “peace pilgrim” for a three-day visit that takes place “as the senseless and tragic war caused by the invasion of Ukraine” continues and “as d ‘further clashes and threats of conflict endanger our time’.
The Pope traveled to the Kazakh capital, Nursultan, to participate in the VII Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, which will send a message of peace from this former Soviet republic bordering Russia and where both Ukrainians and Russians live .
In his first public act after his meeting with Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Pope Francis presented himself to the authorities and the diplomatic corps gathered at the Qazaq Concert Hall “as a pilgrim of peace, in search of dialogue and unity “.
“Our world needs it urgently, it needs to find harmony,” he said.
In his speech, the pope recalled that Kazakhstan, which shares borders with China and Russia, “is configured as a crossroads of important geopolitical intersections, which therefore gives it a fundamental role in mitigating conflicts.” .
Kazakhstan remained neutral in the conflict and at the start of the war the Central Asian country offered to mediate.
“John Paul II came here to sow hope, immediately after the tragic attacks of 2001,” the pope said in reference to the September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States, and now Pope Francis is coming to this country, he added, “in the senseless and tragic war born of the invasion of Ukraine, and while other clashes and threats of conflict endanger our time.”
“I come to amplify the cry of so many people who implore peace, an essential path to development for our globalized world”, he underlined.
I asserted that the time had come “to avoid the intensification of rivalries and the strengthening of opposing blocs” and that the world needs leaders who can understand each other and who have the will to strengthen multilateralism.
“And to do that, you need understanding, patience and dialogue with everyone. I repeat, with everyone,” he added. EFE