European Bishops React to Russian Missile Striking Poland

The Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community (COMECE) expressed its “deep concern about the recent attacks that hit Poland.”

Newsroom (19/11/2022 15:26, Gaudium Press) Russia stepped up its air strikes in Ukraine this past Tuesday (Nov. 15th), after the Ukrainians liberated the city of Kherson from Russian hands. And that same day, Poland was hit by a Russian missile, killing two people. The missile fell on a grain farm in the village of Przewodów, which is in eastern Poland near the Ukrainian border. However, it is not known whether this was a deliberate attack on Poland – a NATO country.

The Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences (COMECE), issued a statement, expressing its concern over the latest events, during its second annual meeting:

“We express our deep concern about the latest developments in Ukraine and Poland. Since the beginning of Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine, the whole world has held its breath, fearing a major global conflict.

“Still under investigation, the incident that occurred on Polish territory, on the border with Ukraine, is yet another reminder of how this war risks uncontrollable and catastrophic consequences for all of humanity.

“Following Russia’s recent brutal attacks on civilian cities and infrastructure in Ukraine – in flagrant violation of international law – and the incident in Poland, we wish to offer our prayers to the victims and condolences to their families. We also wish to offer our closeness to Ukrainians who have been left without access to basic services, including water and electricity.

“In union with the numerous appeals made by Pope Francis and the Holy See, as well as by people of good will around the world, we reiterate our appeal to the Russian authorities to immediately suspend hostilities, and to all parties to open themselves, with the help of the international community, to negotiate ‘serious proposals’ for a just peace, in order to work towards a solution to the conflict that respects international law and the territorial integrity of Ukraine.”

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