Pope Announces a Day of Prayer for Peace in Ukraine

Francis has convened a prayer day for peace in Ukraine as tensions arise, and troops remain stationed at the border.

Newsroom (23/01/2022 3:49 PM, Gaudium Press) Pope Francis once again showed his concern about the tension on the border between Ukraine and Russia.

At the end of the Angelus, the Pontiff issued “a heartfelt appeal to all people of good will, that they may raise prayers to God Almighty, that every political action and initiative may serve human brotherhood, rather than partisan interests.”

And he warned: “Those who pursue their own interests, to the detriment of others, disregard their human vocation, as we were all created as brothers and sisters.”

The Pope concluded by announcing a day dedicated to prayer for peace in Ukraine: “with concern, given the current tensions, I propose that next Wednesday, 26 January be a day of prayer for peace.”

Tension has increased in recent weeks after Russia stationed a large number of troops on the border with Ukraine.

The Russian government denies any pretense of invasion. However, international diplomacy has been urging negotiations to ensure that no offensive against Ukraine takes place. (FM)

Compiled by Gustavo Kralj

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