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“The news from Ukraine is very worrying”: Pope Francis

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Oleksandr Rupeta / NurPhoto

Cross Procession from Kamianets-Podilsky to the Holy Dormition Pochaev Lavra, August 19 - 25, 2017, Ukraine. For more than 150 years the procession gathered thousands of pilgrims who would cross the path of 210 kilometers during 7 days. Over 20 thousand believers took part in the event this year. ( (Photo by Oleksandr Rupeta/NurPhoto))

Kathleen N. Hattrup - published on 02/13/22

Pope turns to Our Lady and appeals to the consciences of political leaders.

“The news from Ukraine is very worrying. I entrust every effort for peace to the intercession of the Virgin Mary and to the conscience of the political leaders. Let us pray in silence.”

Thus, the Pope led a moment of prayer on February 13, after praying the midday Angelus.

The Holy Father has made repeated calls to avert war.

During the general audience on February 9, he particularly encouraged the “Normandy Format,” a four-pronged diplomatic configuration set up in 2014, which brings together Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany. 

On January 26, the Bishop of Rome led a Day of Prayer for Peace in Ukraine. “Weapons are not the way,” he warned after leading the Angelus on December 12, 2021.

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