Pope Francis on Sunday called for an end to all war before war ends humanity, while addressing the ongoing conflict in “battered” Ukraine.

Speaking during his weekly Angelus address, the 85-year-old said, “More than a month has passed since the invasion of Ukraine, since the start of this cruel and senseless war, which, like every war, is a defeat for all, for all of us.”

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“We must repudiate war, a place of death where fathers and mothers bury their children, where men kill their brothers without even seeing them, where the powerful decide and the poor die. War does not only devastate the present but also the future of society,” Pope Francis added.

“Faced with the danger of self-destruction, humanity must understand that the time has come to abolish war. To erase it from human history before it erases man from history,” the 85-year-old urged.

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The Pope’s comments came a day after he blessed and donated an ambulance to war-torn Ukraine. The ambulance, as of Saturday, was headed to the besieged city of Lviv in an attempt to help authorities with those wounded and sick.

Since the beginning of the Russian invasion on February 24, the Pope has repeatedly spoken out against the war in Ukraine.

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He had, at the very start of the invasion, visited Russian diplomats to voice his concerns, and since then, has publicly condemned the ongoing war on various occasions.

Days earlier, Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, had thanked Pope Francis for his “clear and strong position against the war,” while also asking the 85-year-old to visit Ukraine.