Pope Francis mentions Ukraine in his Urbi et Orbi message

2018/4/3 16:33:21

Not only has Pope Francis demonstrated his close attention to Ukraine by directing Europe-wide special offerings for aid to the besieged country, he continues on a frequent basis to offer prayers for peace and harmony in the Donbas.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VATICAN CITY, Apr 1, 2018

 

"We also beseech fruits of peace for Ukraine, that the steps taken to favour harmony may be consolidated, and facilitated by the humanitarian initiatives needed by its people", said Pope Francis in his traditional Urbi et Orbi message.

 

He mentioned Syria, Holy Land, the Korean peninsula, the African continent, and

Venezuela. 

 

The words heard by the women at the tomb are also addressed to us: “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen” (Lk 24:5-6). Death, solitude and fear are not the last word. There is a word that transcends them, a word that only God can speak: it is the word of the resurrection (cf. John Paul II, Conclusion of the Way of the Cross, 18 April 2003). By the power of God’s love, it “dispels wickedness, washes faults away, restores innocence to the fallen, and joy to mourners, drives out hatred, fosters concord and brings down the mighty” (Easter Proclamation).

 

Happy Easter to all!

 

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*The article above appears through courtesy of the Religious Information Service of Ukraine. Access RISU at http://risu.org.ua/en/index

 

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