The devil, as we know, is the father of division. He is one who always divides, who always makes war, he does so much evil.
May the thirst of Jesus increasingly become our thirst. Let us continue, therefore, to pray and commit ourselves to the full unity of the disciples of Christ, in the certainty that he himself is at our side and is supporting us with the power of his Spirit so that this goal may be attained. And let us entrust our prayer to the maternal intercession of the Virgin Mary, Mother of Christ, Mother of the Church, that she might unite us as a good mother does.
After the Angelus:
Appeal for Peace in Ukraine
I am following with deep concern the escalation of the fighting in eastern Ukraine, which continues to cause many casualties among the civilian population. As I assure you of my prayers for all who are suffering, I renew my heartfelt appeal that attempts at dialogue be resumed and that hostilities be put to an end.
Now let us continue together [two young people from Catholic Action of Rome stand at the Pope’s side].
Dear brothers and sisters,
Today we celebrate the World Day of Leprosy. I express my closeness to all people who are suffering from this disease, and to all those who care for them, and those who fight to remove the causes of the disease, that is, living conditions unworthy of man. Let us renew our commitment to solidarity with these brothers and sisters.
I warmly greet all of you, dear pilgrims from the various parishes of Italy and other countries, as well as associations and school groups.
In particular, I greet the Filipino community in Rome. Beloved, the Filipino people are wonderful in their strong and joyous faith. May the Lord always sustain you who live far from your homeland. Thank you very much for your witness! And thank you for all the good you do here among us, because you sow faith among us, you offer a beautiful witness of faith. Thank you very much.
I wish all of you a lovely Sunday and a good lunch. And please, please don’t forget to pray for me. Arrivederci.
Translation by Diane Montagna of Aleteia’s English edition.