Pope Francis calls for prayers as Ukraine marks Independence Day
Following his Angelus prayer, delivered in St Peter's Square with tens of thousands of pilgrims, Pope Francis once again turned his thoughts to the beloved land of Ukraine, which celebrates its Independence Day on August 24. Pope Francis recalls the situation of conflict that creates a lot of suffering among the civilian population and appealed for peace in Ukraine.
“My thoughts go in a particular way to the beloved land of Ukraine…” the Pope said, “to all its sons and daughters, to their yearning for peace and tranquillity, threatened by a situation of tension and conflict that continues unabated, causing so much suffering among the population.”
The Holy Father also appealed for prayer for Ukraine: “Let us entrust the whole nation to the Lord Jesus and to the Madonna, and let us pray together above all for the victims, their families, and all those who suffer.”
Departing from his prepared remarks, Pope Francis spoke of a letter he received from a Ukrainian Bishop, recounting the sufferings of the people of Ukraine. “Let us pray together to the Madonna for this beloved land of Ukraine, on its Independence Day,” he said and lead the faithful in praying the “Hail Mary,” concluding, “Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us.”
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