Photographer's Note

I was quite surprised to read yesterday that Russia was offended that supposedly Ukrainians attacked the fuel storage facility on the Russian territory. I have no idea whether they really did it or not but the Kremlin speaker suggested that it was not a nice gesture during the peace talks which are going on. I fell off a chair reading it. Russia has killed so many civilians, they destroyed for no reason most Ukrainian cities and in spite of peace talks they didn’t even respect the humanitarian corridors to evacuate civilians, but they feel it is not fair that Ukrainians possibly do something on their territory.
To be honest I am surprised that they didn’t do anything so far.

At the beginning of the WWII Germans in Berlin were most likely not aware the German soldiers are killing Poles, murdering civilians and bombing old town Warsaw to the ground. Poland had an opportunity at that time to bomb Berlin, we didn’t have fighter aircrafts, but we had some good bombers. Poland refused to do it because it was against the Geneve Convention. Germans didn’t bother at all. I keep thinking, whether the WWII may have looked differently if Poland would bomb Berlin in September 1939. Maybe the average Germans would realize that there is more going on than they are being told by their Fuehrer? Same happens today. I think the Ukraine have every right to venture into Russian territory. An attack is the best defence.
The title of the photo refers to Jesus’ words to one of his disciples. I think it is today’s message from God to Russia: “Put your sword back in its place, for all who draw the sword will die by the sword” (Matthew 26:52).

Why do I talk about it while showing a picture of a church?
To be honest I am slightly disappointed with the behaviour of the Pope Francis. There were a lot of discussions about how the Pope Pius XII behaved during the WWII. There is no such thing like being neutral when facing the evil. Many historians accused him of a collaboration with Nazis. I suppose he was surrounded then, but I never knew what has really happened there. Now I can see myself. Present day Pope speaks very generally about the war, he does not use word Russia, nor does he blame the Putin. When he started one of the prayers he first started to pray for poor Russian soldiers and then he eventually mentioned also the Ukrainians. He talks to his counterpart in Russia (Patriarch Kirill of Moscow), who is openly pro-war and pro-Putin, almost as if blaming Ukrainians for defending their country. It looks quite disappointing to me. Jesus said once: “All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.” (Matthew 5:37). I prefer the position of the American President, who seems to follow these Jesus words more closely, and who supports the weaker victim who needs help.

This photo presents the Manchester Cathedral. I have another picture of this lovely church taken from another side and at different weather conditions here:
By the way Manchester Cathedral belongs to Church of England so it is neither Roman Catholic nor Russian Orthodox.

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