(quote) Peter-449116 said: "Pope Francis made an emotional plea for peace on Sunday in an impromptu addition to his weekly Angelus address in St Peter's Square."
As the Vicar of Christ, the Prince of Peace, the pope can be expected to act as a tireless advocate of Peace.
But what is Pope Francis advocating? I believe we have to assume that he is advocating for a Catholic understanding of Peace. From the Catechism we see that true Peace is not merely a cessation of violence, nor a stand-off between roughly-balanced adversaries.
[CCC 2304] Respect for and development of human life require peace. Peace is not merely the absence of war, and it is not limited to maintaining a balance of powers between adversaries. Peace cannot be attained on earth without safeguarding the goods of persons, free communication among men, respect for the dignity of persons and peoples, and the assiduous practice of fraternity. Peace is "the tranquillity of order." Peace is the work of justice and the effect of charity.
Four points are mentioned as requirements for the attainment of Peace:
1 - safeguarding the goods of persons
2 - free communication among men
3 - respect for the dignity of persons and peoples
4 - assiduous practice of fraternity
Reference is also made to Justice and Charity as well as Respect for Life. (I believe these also need to be understood from a Catholic perspective.)
Unfortunately, war often involves at least one adversarial party that has a disordered understanding of (or even complete disregard for) one or more of those points. Communism for example was notorious for its disregard of all of the aforementioned points. As such, it seems safe to conclude that true Peace can never be attained with a communist regime unless communists abandon communism.
The various regional conflicts at present would seem to have at least one adversarial party that is incapable of understanding the pope's message.
- on a good day