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Pope Appeals to Putin to End ‘Spiral of Violence’ in Ukraine

Pope Francis at the Vatican, Oct. 2.

Pope Francis at the Vatican, Oct. 2.

Photographer: Alessandra Tarantino/AP
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Vatican City (AP) -- Pope Francis on Sunday appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin for a cease-fire, imploring him to “stop this spiral of violence and death” in Ukraine and denouncing the “absurd” risk of the “uncontrollable” consequences of nuclear attack as tensions sharply escalate over the war.