Rome Newsroom, Feb 25, 2022 / 06:20 am
The Italian city of Assisi will host a prayer vigil for Ukraine and a Mass for peace in the Basilica of St. Francis this weekend.
“The city and the Church community of Assisi, guardians of the message of peace from St. Francis and St. Clare, cannot remain silent in the face of the war that is returning to the old continent,” Archbishop Domenico Sorrentino of Assisi wrote in an appeal on Feb. 24.
“To those who are fomenting and initiating it with terrible consequences, we cry out: In the name of God, of humanity and of common sense, stop!”
The appeal, co-signed by the city’s mayor and five priests, called for a return to dialogue and negotiation, expressing sympathy with people suffering the consequences of war.