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Pope Francis Launches New Appeal for Ukraine

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Ahead of Sunday, April 24 collection to alleviate this humanitarian emergency

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Wednesday launched a new appeal for Ukraine, just two weeks after his Divine Mercy Sunday call to all Catholics to offer solidarity to the long-suffering millions who have been enduring war for the last two years.

Speaking to faithful and pilgrims at the conclusion of the general audience in St. Peter’s Square, the Pope said: “The people of Ukraine have been suffering for some time from the consequences of an armed conflict, forgotten by so many.”

He continued: “As you know, I have invited the Church in Europe to support the initiative I called for to address this humanitarian emergency. I wish to thank, in advance, all those who will contribute generously to this initiative, which will take place this Sunday, April 24.”

During his special greetings following his Wednesday catechesis, Pope Francis welcomed pilgrims from Ukraine and Belarus who are in Rome for an international conference marking the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl tragedy. He said: “While we renew our prayers for the victims of this disaster, we express our gratitude to the rescuers and for all the initiatives with which they have sought to alleviate the suffering and damage.”

Read more on the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine here.

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