This May, religious leaders from around the world have answered Klitschko’s plea. More than a dozen leaders and people of faith from the major world religions will arrive in Kyiv on Tuesday, 24 May to engage in prayer, pastoral accompaniment, and distribution of humanitarian aid, as well as key encounters with peacebuilders, religious leaders, and political leaders.
Państwo polskie musi zmierzyć się z największym wyzwaniem w historii III RP, wykraczającym daleko ponad to, które przyniosła z sobą pandemia COVID-19. Choć nie bierzemy bezpośrednio udziału w wojnie w Ukrainie, będziemy przez długi czas ponosić jej konsekwencje, niezależnie od tego, jak szybko się ona zakończy. Skala tych konsekwencji jest wciąż trudna do wyobrażenia. Nie ma właściwie dziedziny życia politycznego, gospodarczego i społecznego, której nie dotknęłyby skutki rosyjskiej agresji na Ukrainę.
We ask religious leaders to go to Kyiv as the emissaries of peace – the good news which Ukrainians are desperate to hear today. We believe that presence of religious leaders and prayers in the squares of the city can prevent its bombing and further escalation of war.
To all free People and free Nations, we are opening an initiative to establish an International Humanitarian Fund for Ukraine.
The need to respond to the effects of the humanitarian crisis is not a matter of political consensus and cannot be seen in the terms of win or lose. There can be no abstention from providing humanitarian response.
By failing to solve the COVID crisis
the EU risks becoming incapable of leading the Bighting against the climate crisis. That is
why leaders in science, politics and religion across the political spectrum are appealing
to European decision makers to introduce recommendations to eliminate COVID in
Europe and make the best use of the European Green Deal to ensure a socially just transition for all.
While many political and economic leaders might feel complacent and want to believe that the crisis has come to an end, neither the pandemic nor the crisis of trust in the European institutions are over. Political leaders construct their responses to these crises with an eye on the next election rather than tackling the problems facing future generations. We stand in need of overcoming short-termism. (S. Zamagni)
Press conference with Rocco Buttiglione October 26th 2021