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Contradiction or Coherence? What to Make of Pope Francis’ Statements Regarding Just War, Self-Defense and Ukraine

Vatican Pool/CorbisPope Francis consecrated Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, stating that the act expressed our complete trust in the Virgin Mary in the midst of the cruel and senseless war in Ukraine on March 25, 2022.

While some suggest that the Pope’s messaging is internally conflicted, others argue that the Holy Father’s statements both illuminate and are illumined by his broader teaching on war.