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Offbeat: churches set peace message against war

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on Christmas Eve have condemned representatives of the two major Christian churches in Germany, but at the same time emphasized the right of Ukraine to defend themselves against the Russian attacks.

Annette Kurschus, Ratsvorsitzende der Evangelischen Kirche in Deutschland. © David Inderlied/dpa Annette Kurschus, Council President of the Evangelical Church in Germany.

The Archbishop of Munich and Freising, Reinhard Marx, said loudly widespread speech script on Christmas Eve in Munich's Liebfrauendom, although there is a justified defense in Ukraine, even with weapons. The war should not keep the last word, the cardinal warned and emphasized: "Every rhetoric war that relativizes the victims on all sides contradicts the Christmas message."

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Georg Bätzing, Vorsitzender der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz. © Marijan Murat/dpa Georg Bätzing, chairman of the German Bishops' Conference. EKD Council President: Not watching the Council Chairman of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), Annette Kurschus, did not see the Christmas message from peace, as it was as necessary as at the end of this year. "No weapon will create peace," she said on Saturday in "Morgenecho" on WDR 5. Talk channels should not be filled. To support Ukraine with weapons against the Russian war of aggression remains correct. The commandment “You shouldn't kill” also means that one should not watch how innocent and defenseless people are killed in the middle of Europe, said Kurschus. Germany must therefore also help Ukraine protect themselves against its own country in the "inhuman war".

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The Würzburg Bishop Franz Jung described Christmas as a message of hope, especially in the current times of war and crisis. At the moment, many contemporaries are more dark, he said in a video message for Christmas. It looks dark in a world that is shaped by the war in Ukraine, which has worldwide effects. "And yet, the prophet Isaiah opposes his image of hope in the darkness in the darkness." The people who live in the dark see a bright light, he quoted the prophet Isaiah.

Bishops 'Conference Chairman calls for share the chairman of the German Bishops' Conference, Georg Bätzing, called on to share their own prosperity with refugees and other those in need. Jesus, born in a cattle stall, know the refugee fate and "the cold ceiling of those who close the boundaries and keep the pockets with the argument:" We cannot solve all the needs of this earth ", said Bätzing on Saturday after previously common speech in his sermon in the Christmas mass in Limburg.

Bätzing vehemently countered this attitude: "Yes, we could, if we wanted," he emphasized, "if we left national vanities and particular thinking according to the motto" We first "left behind (...) To open externally, not to defend our prosperity against others, but to share with others - here in our country in the increasing need of the energy crisis and beyond our country. » It has often been warned that a common European refugee policy is necessary to distribute the burdens fairly. "It is almost despair that we do not want to succeed in free Europe for years and decades," said the Limburg bishop.

What is Zelensky's 10-point peace plan? - explainer .
Zelensky first announced his peace formula at a November summit of the Group of 20 major economies. The plan calls for:1. Radiation and nuclear safety, focusing on restoring safety around Europe's largest nuclear power plant, Zaporizhzhia in Ukraine, which is now-Russian occupied. © Provided by The Jerusalem Post US President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden welcome Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky on the South Lawn at the White House in Washington, US, December 21, 2022.

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