Pope appeals for grain agreement, "the cry of the hungry rises to Heaven"
Pope Francis at the conclusion of the Sunday Angelus appealed for continued prayers for "beleaguered Ukraine, where the war is destroying everything, even grain." He expressed his concern in particular over the breakdown in the Black See Initiative that has allowed grain to be shipped from ports in the region through a Türkiye and U.N. brokered agreement with Russia and Ukraine.
“I appeal to my brothers, the authorities of the Russian Federation, that the Black Sea Initiative may be restored and grain may be transported safely.”
The Pope said grain is God's gift to feed humanity, and the war destruction that threatens it is a grave offense to God.
“The cry of millions of brothers and sisters who suffer hunger rises to Heaven.”
Speaking to journalists in recent days, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, decried the breakdown in the Black Sea Initiative on grain shipments, as well as the bombardment of harbour installations and even deposits of grain.