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Religious Leaders Support Pope Francis’ Call for Diplomacy to End War in Ukraine

BVM Leadership has joined the Peace in Ukraine Coalition and many religious leaders by signing onto statements in support of Pope Francis’ call for a ceasefire in Ukraine.

Support Pope’s Call for Ceasefire & Negotiations to End the War in Ukraine

We, the undersigned, are grateful for Pope Francis’ mission to secure a peaceful resolution to a war that never should have been launched in Ukraine.


As people of conscience who value human life, we encourage other religious leaders to support the Pope’s call for a ceasefire and diplomatic resolution to the war in Ukraine. We also ask that these leaders issue a public call among their congregants to also support a ceasefire.

The war in Ukraine has left hundreds of thousands dead or wounded, uprooted millions, contaminated land, air and war and worsened the climate crisis.

The longer the war drags on, the greater the danger of spiraling escalation, which can lead to a wider war, environmental devastation and nuclear annihilation.

Every day this war continues, more lives are lost, more people become refugees, and the closer we risk a wider conflict and even a nuclear confrontation.

We understand how difficult this peace mission is, but as members of a diverse group of faith communities we are well-versed in the language of miracles. Whether it is Moses parting the Red Sea, Jesus feeding the multitudes, prophet Muhammad (PBOH) sharing the revelations of the Quran or Buddha performing the Miracle at Shravasti, ancient faith traditions draw on works of wonder. The supernatural phenomena in ancient texts inspires us to embrace our convictions that radical devotion to human life can bring miracles, even in the most challenging situations.

Indeed, as the 86-year-old leader of the world’s smallest country, Pope Francis, models diplomatic efforts urgently needed to end this war before it escalates further. The Pope helped mediate successful prisoner exchanges between Russia and Ukraine. He met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Vatican City to request Zelensky meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Pope appointed Cardinal Matteo Zuppi as a peace envoy, and met with leaders of countries that can influence Russia.

As the Pope said, “whatever is built on rubble can never be a true victory … “Let us not get used to conflict and violence. Let us not get used to war.”

As people of conscience, committed to peace and reconciliation, we join in Pope Francis’ message to “appeal to those in authority over nations to make concrete efforts to end the conflict, to reach a ceasefire and to start peace negotiations.”

Again, we urge you to talk about the Pope’s ceasefire call in your sermons and other communications within your religious congregation. The fate of the world rests on all of our shoulders.

  • Simon Mary A. Aihiokhai, Ph.D., Professor of Theology, University of Portland
  • Zainab Al-Suwaij, American Islamic Congress, Co-founder and Executive Director
  • Dr. Ansel Augustine, Director, Office of Black Catholic Ministries, Archdiocese of New Orleans
  • Joyce Ajiouny, General Secretary, American Friends Service Committee
  • Fr. Benedict Ayodi, Franciscans International John Bach, Quaker Chaplain, Harvard University
  • Michael Baxter, Ph.D., Director of Catholic Studies, Regis University Bridget Bearss, RSCJ,
  • Leadership Conference of Women Religious
  • Fr. Robert Bossie, SCJ

Sr. Danielle Bonetti, CSJ, Coordinator of Justice Ministry

Sr. Kathy Brazda, CSJ, President

Dr. Tarunjit Singh Butalia, Executive Director, Religions for Peace USA

Kenneth Butigan, Ph.D., Professor of Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies, DePaul University

Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon, Executive Director, Churches for a Middle East Peace

Br. Kevin Cawley, Deignan Institute for Earth and Spirit at Iona University

Sr. Genevieve Cassani, School Sisters of Notre Dame

Sr. Janice Cebula, President, Sisters of St. Francis, Clinton, IA

Shane Claiborne, Co-Founder of Red Letter Christians

Sarah Clarke, Director & UN Representative, Quaker United Nations Office, NY

Rabbi Edward Paul Cohn

Fr. John Dear, Nobel Peace Prize nominee

Marie Dennis, Senior Advisor, Pax Christi International Rohan Dominic, Claretians at the UN

Sr. Laura Donovan, President, Sisters of the Divine Compassion

Michele Dunne OFS, Executive Director, Franciscan Action Network

Fr. John Lewis Eagle

Sr. Mary Flick, CSJ, Justice Coordinator, Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Louis Ariel Gold, Executive Director, Fellowship of Reconciliation

Fr. John Lewis Heagle

Sr. Frances Katherine Homes

Sr. Teresa R. Hougnon, President, Maryknoll Sisters

Rev. Bill Wylie-Kellermann, United Methodist Church

Rev. Fred Kammer, SJ, Loyola University, New Orleans

Sr. LaDonna Manternach, BVM, President

Anne McCarthy, OSB, Benedictines for Peace

Eli McCarthy, Ph.D., Georgetown University

Sr. Joellen McCarthy, BVM

Martha Inés Romero Medina, Secretary General, Pax Christi International

Bridget Moix, General Secretary, Friends Committee on National Legislation

Dan Moriarty, Program Coordinator, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns

Rev. Robert Moore, Coalition for Peace Action

Sr. Maryann Mueller, Felician Franciscan Sisters of North America

Rev. Joseph E. Mulligan, S.J.

Michael Neuroth, Director of the Washington Office, United Church of Christ

David J O’Brien, Professor Emeritus, College of the Holy Cross

Sr. Mary Catherine Rabbitt SL, Loretto Community

Sr. Jeanne Ronzani SHCJ, Provincial Leadership Team

Sr. Cynthia Sabathier, CSJ

Maria Santelli, Executive Director, Center on Conscience and War

Clare Schaeffer-Duffy, Catholic Worker House

Sr. Linda Scheckelhoff, Tiffin Franciscans

Mark Schroeder OFM, Franciscans for Justice

Friar Patrick Sieber, Holy Name Province

Jean Stokan, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas – Justice Team Bishop

John Stowe, OFM, Diocese of Lexington

Joshua R Snyder, Director of Faith, Peace, and Justice at Boston College

Sr. Evelyn Thompson, SHCJ

Carmela Trujillo O.S.F., Co-Chair Justice, Peace, Integrity of Creation

Rev. James Allen VanderWeele, Community Church Unitarian Universalist, New Orleans

Rev. Dr. Joseph Varghese (Orthodox), Institute for Religious Freedom and Tolerance, Executive Director

Rabbi Elyse Wechterman, Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association, CEO

Mary T. Yelenick, Main UN-NGO Representative for Pax Christi International

Sr. Maryanne Zakreski

Johnny Zokovitch, Executive Director, Pax Christi, USA


Additional Signers:


Jim Albertini, Pax Christi USA Teacher of Peace Jacqueline Allen, Hartford Catholic Worker

Sr. Judi Angst, Rochester Franciscans John Dennis Apel

Mary Beth Appel

Catherine Artale

Johanna Berrigan, Catholic Worker Magret Bonin

Rev. Bernard Bonnot Kathy Bradley

Sr. Barbara Mary Breaud Brandywine Peace Community Beth Brockman, Spiritual Director Karen Burke

Rev. Harry Joseph Bury Irmgard Busemann Rev. Jennifer Butler Jeremiah Cahill

Jean Carr Susan Cedrone

James Claffey, UN Representative

Sr. Mary Clardy, OFS, Council member Joseph Clementi

Mark Colville, Catholic Worker

Tom Cordaro, Pax Christi, USA Ambassador of Peace

Frank Cordaro, Des Moines Catholic Worker

Faith Cosky

Bernadette Cronin-Geller

Rev. Robert A Cushing Lynn Cummings

Stephen E DeVol, Dayton Catholic Worker

Margaret Doherty

Sr. Ramona Dombrowski, Felician Sisters

Anthony Donovan, Co-Founder of the East Village Local Faith Communities

Christopher J Doucot, Hartford Catholic Worker

Shelley M Douglass Sr. Diane Dube RSM

Sr. Ann Durst, SHCJ

Dr. Matthias-W. Engelke

Ched Myers & Elaine Enns, Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries

Margaret Fitzpatrick

Sr. Lilianne Flavin

Sr. Margie Fort, CSJP, Leadership Team

Toni Kathleen Flynn

Catherine Clubb Foley, Pax Christi-Houston

Moira Frawley, OSF

Frank Fromherz Sr. Eileen Gannon

Sr. Patricia Gardner, Co-Director of JPIC, Sisters of St. Francis, OH

Sr. Julie Grote

Adam Hirsch, Clerk of Quaker Meeting, Madison

Rev. Eric Garbison

Karen Gargamelli-McCreight, Benin Casa Community

Sr. Sheena Georgek

Jack Gilroy, NY Peace Action

Santiago Francisco Masferrer Gonzalez, Latin American Cultural Association

Philomena Grimley, Society of the Holy Child Jesus

Susanna Maria Gonzalez Francine Andrea Gunther

Michael Harank RN

Sr. Maureen Harris, Sisters of St Francis

William J Hartman, Organizer

Judith Heffernan, M.Div.

Martha Hennessy, Catholic Worker

Sr. Frances Katharine Holmstrom

Sr. Barbara Ann Hughes, CSJ

Mary E. Hunt, Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual Isabelle

Izika, UN Representative

Edwin M. John

Jane H Kavaloski

Susan Kettell

Sr. Marcella Kiesel, Franciscan Sisters of Stella, NY

Birke Kleinwaechter

Madeline Labriola, Pax Christi USA National Council Member

Art Laffin, Catholic Worker, DC

Michelle Loisel, Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul

Sister M. Elizabeth Loomis

Joan M Johnson

Ellen R. Judd, CFSC

Ed Juillard

Cecelia Lavan, Justice Promoter, Dominican Sisters

Terence Lover, Franciscan Justice Circles

Madelyn MacKay

Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge

Tom Malthaner, Catholic Worker, NY

Ursula Mathern

Scott Mathern-Jacobson

Frank McCann, CSJP-A

Stephen J. Mcgeady, Sacred Heart Peace Community

Mary C. McGovern

Mike Merryman-Lotze, American Friends Service Committee

Norbert Mette, Professor of Catholic Practical

Theology Jason Miller

Mary Alice Minogue

Susan V Monroe

Rev. Terrence Moran

Patrick J. Mulligan

Karherine Murphy, Teacher of Ethics and Social Justice, Gonzaga High School

Margaret Mwarili, UN Representative

Joanne Oleksiak, Quaker

Sr. Maria Orlandini, Director of Advocacy, Franciscan Action Network

Augie Pacetti, Saint Ignatius High School, OH

Janet Palafox, Institute of Blessed Virgin Mary

Sabine Pfeiffer, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War

Sr. Margaret Phelan, RSCJ

Martin Pilgram, Chair of Pax Christi Munich, Germany

Sr. Rita Rosaline Pinto

Francesca Po

Sr. Marguerite Polcyn, Sisters of St. Francis Jane Pulkkinen

Bill Quigley, Loyola University, New Orleans

Sr. Betty Reinders, School Sisters of St. Francis

Rosalie G. Riegle

Eileen Marie Ripsin

Dr. Karin Ritter-Pichl, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War

Frances Elaine Riudabush

Wiltrud Roesch-Metzler, Pax Christi

Gene Roman

Margaret Rogers

Dale Rose

Phillip M. Runkel

Sr. Jean Rupertus

Joseph Sannino, M.Div.

Helen F. Scanlon

Jennifer Schelter

Torsten Schleip

John Schuchardt, House of Peace

Mark Scibilia-Carver

Stefan Silber, Professor of Catholic Theology, Germany

Daniel Sicken

Janice Sevre-Duszynska

Barbara Sheehan, Catholic Peace Fellowship of Philadelphia

Christine Silvestri

Carol Ann Smith

Robert M. Smith

Pam Stout, OFS, Secular Franciscans

Sr. Nancy Surma, OSF

Fr. Bernard Survil

Brian Terrell, Catholic Worker Farm Jennifer Thomas

Sr. Sheila Marie Tobbe, Ursuline Sisters, OH

Fumiaki Tosu, Catholic Worker

Rev. Jalani Akeem Traxler

Annelle Velivis, Felician Sisters

Marlene Weisenbeck, Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration

Patricia Paki Wieland

Hartmut Wihstutz

Angelika Wilmen, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War

Michael Wisniewski, Los Angeles Catholic Worker

Bernadette Wisniewski, Los Angeles Catholic Worker

Scott Wright, Ambassador of Peace, Pax Christi

Brad Wolf Gail Worcelo

Rev. John Zachritz


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