Pope Francis Advocates for Diplomatic Resolution in Ukraine

Written by Camilla Jessen

Feb.26 - 2024 8:03 AM CET

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Pope Francis has urged for a diplomatic end to the ongoing war in Ukraine, speaking to a crowd in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.

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From Vatican News, it was reported that during the "Angel of the Lord" prayer, with Romans and pilgrims in attendance, the Pope immediately addressed the situation in Ukraine following his blessing.

He reflected on the war's toll, saying, "On February 24, we sadly remembered the second anniversary of the beginning of the full-scale war in Ukraine.

How many victims, wounded, destruction, suffering, tears there were during this period, which is becoming terribly long and the end of which is still not in sight!

It is a war that not only devastates this region of Europe, but also raises a global wave of fear and hatred."

"Reiterating my most sincere commitment to the martyred Ukrainian people and praying for everyone, especially for the numerous innocent victims, I beg you to find that bit of humanity that will help create the conditions for a diplomatic solution in search of a just and lasting peace," the Pope added.

Earlier, Pope Francis had sent a letter to Sviatoslav, leader of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, condemning Russia's extensive missile attacks on Ukraine and stressing the importance of not forgetting the conflict.

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