Join the Pope’s mission for peace in Ukraine and ‘Declaration of Fraternity of Humankind’

As people of conscience, committed to peace and reconciliation, we join in Pope Francis’ mission to end the war in Ukraine by appealing to “those in authority over nations to make concrete efforts to end the conflict, to reach a ceasefire and to start peace negotiations.” and we endorse the ‘Declaration of Fraternity of Humankind’ authored by the Vatican and 30 Noble Laureates.

Declaration of Fraternity of Humankind (click to read)

“We are diverse, we are different, we have different cultures and religions, but we are brothers and sisters and we want to live in peace.” – Pope Francis

Every man is our brother, every woman is our sister, always. We want all to live together, as brothers and sisters in the Garden that is the Earth. The Garden of fraternity is the condition for all life.

We are witnesses of how, in every corner of the world, lost harmony blooms again when dignity is respected, tears are wiped away, work is fairly remunerated, education is guaranteed, health is cared for, diversity is appreciated, nature is restored, justice is honored, and communities face their loneliness and their fears.

Together, we choose to live our relationships based on fraternity, fueled by dialogue and by forgiveness that “does not mean forgetting” (FT, n. 250), but renounces and does not “yield to the same destructive force” (FT, n. 251) whose consequences we all suffer from.

United with Pope Francis, we want to reaffirm that “authentic reconciliation does not flee from conflict, but is achieved in conflict, resolving it through dialogue and open, honest and patient negotiation.” (FT, n. 244) All this within the context of the human rights framework.

We want to shout to the world in the name of fraternity: Never again war! It is peace, justice, equality that guide the fate of all mankind. No to fear, no to sexual and domestic violence! All armed conflicts must come to an end. We say no more nuclear weapons, no more land mines. No more forced migrations, ethnic cleansing, dictatorships, corruption and slavery. Let us stop the manipulation of technology and AI, let us put fraternity before technological development, so that it may permeate it.
We encourage countries to promote joint efforts in order to create a society of peace, for example by instituting Ministries of Peace.

We commit ourselves to healing the land stained by the blood of violence and hatred, by social inequalities and corruption of the heart. Let us counter hatred with love.
Compassion, sharing, generosity, sobriety, and responsibility are for us the choices that nurture personal fraternity, the fraternity of the heart.

Growing the seed of spiritual fraternity begins with us. It is enough to plant a small seed each day in our relationships: our homes, neighborhoods, schools, workplaces, public squares, and within decision-making institutions.

We also believe in social fraternity that recognizes equal dignity for all, fosters friendship and belonging, promotes education, equal opportunities, decent work and social justice, hospitality, solidarity and cooperation, social solidarity, economy and a just ecological transition, a sustainable agriculture that ensures access to food for all, thus favoring harmonious relationships based on mutual respect and caring for the welfare of all.

In this perspective, it is possible to develop proximity actions and human laws, because “fraternity necessarily calls for something greater, which in turn enhances freedom and equality” (FT, n. 103). Together, we want to build an environmental fraternity, to make Peace with nature, knowing that “everything is in relation to everything else”: the fate of the world, the care of creation, the harmony of nature and sustainable lifestyles.

We want to build the future on the notes of Saint Francis’s Canticle of the Creatures, the song of eternal Life. The plot of universal fraternity weaves the threads of the Canticle’s verses: everything is in relation, and in relation with everything and everyone is Life.

Therefore, we, gathered on the occasion of the first World Meeting on Human Fraternity, call on all women and men of goodwill to embrace our appeal to fraternity. Our children, our future can only thrive in a world of peace, justice and equality, to the benefit of the single human family: only fraternity can generate humanity.

It is up to our freedom to want fraternity and to build it together, in unity. Join us in signing this appeal to embrace this dream and transform it into daily practices, so that it reaches the minds and hearts of all leaders and of those who, at every level, have a small or great civic responsibility. 

As people of conscience who value human life, we encourage all religious leaders to support the Pope’s call for a ceasefire and end to the war in Ukraine. 

The war in Ukraine has left hundreds of thousands dead or wounded, uprooted millions, contaminated land, air and war, and worsened the climate catastrophe.

Every day this war continues, more lives are lost, more people become refugees, and the fabric of civil society is torn apart.

The longer the war drags on, the greater the danger of spiraling escalation and nuclear annihilation.

We understand how difficult the Pope’s peace mission is, but as members of a diverse group of faith communities, we are well-versed in the language of miracles. Whether it is Moses parting the Red Sea, Jesus feeding the multitudes, prophet Muhammad (PBOH) sharing the revelations of the Quran or Buddha performing the Miracle at Shravasti, ancient faith traditions draw on works of wonder. The supernatural phenomena in ancient texts inspires us to embrace our convictions that radical devotion to human life can bring miracles, even in the most challenging situations. 

Indeed, as the 86-year-old leader of the world’s smallest country, Pope Francis, models diplomatic efforts urgently needed to end this war before it escalates further. The Pope helped mediate successful prisoner exchanges between Russia and Ukraine. He met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Vatican City to request Zelensky meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin.The Pope appointed Cardinal Matteo Zuppi as a peace envoy, and met with leaders of countries that can influence Russia.

There are no winners of wars, As Pope says, “whatever is built on rubble can never be a true victory”

May the miracle of peace prevail.


Support Russian COs

Dear President Biden,

We the undersigned ask that you grant immediate asylum and assistance to Russian, Ukrainian, and Belarusian conscientious objectors and dissenters.

Since President Vladimir V. Putin announced a new troop call-up on September 21, 2002, eligible Russian men have been fleeing the country in droves to escape the draft. However, neither the U.S. nor Europe have changed the policies that make it difficult for Russians to enter. Within three days of Russia’s announcement that it was instituting a draft, 261,000 men, according to a source inside Russia’s Federal Security Service, had fled the country. An estimated 22,000 Belarusian military draftees have left their country because they don’t want to participate in the war in Ukraine.

Ukraine suspended the right to conscientious objection and closed the border for men between 18 and 60. Over 100,000 men have evaded war involvement in Ukraine and fled abroad.

Everyone who has refused service risks persecution – up to ten years for Russian draft dodgers – because of their stand against the war. These brave men are our hope for peace and they need protection.

Instead of continuing to provide weapons – at least $40 billion in military assistance to Ukraine to date – that prolong and escalate this war that could easily result in nuclear catastrophe, we call on you to support and grant asylum to Russian, Ukrainian, and Belarusian conscientious objectors and deserters.


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