Vatican City, Apr 18, 2021 / 06:05 am
Pope Francis prayed Sunday for reconciliation amid rising tensions between Ukraine and Russia.
“I follow with great concern the events in some areas of eastern Ukraine, where violations of the ceasefire have multiplied in recent months, and I observe with great concern the increase in military activities,” Pope Francis said after the Regina Coeli prayer April 18.
“I strongly hope an increase in tensions will be avoided, and, on the contrary, that gestures be made that are capable of promoting mutual trust and fostering reconciliation and peace, which are so much needed and so much desired.”
The pope expressed closeness to those suffering from “the serious humanitarian situation” in Ukraine for which he invited people to pray.