Shevchuk said: “Once more this night our cities burned. Once more our city of Kyiv was wounded. People died. Russian bombs once more fell during the night on the heads of peaceful inhabitants who were trying to rest in peace.”
The major archbishop said that he was praying for all those trying to help Ukraine and those who have expressed solidarity.
One gesture of solidarity came from the Shrine of Fatima in Portugal, which is sending an image of Our Lady of Fatima to Ukraine in response to a request from the Ukrainian Greek Catholic archbishop of Lviv.
Meanwhile, the Holy See press office confirmed on March 15 that Pope Francis had received a letter from Vitali Klitschko, mayor of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv. In the letter, the former professional boxer invited the pope to visit the beseiged city.
The Holy See press office said: “The Holy Father has received the letter of the mayor of the Ukrainian capital and is close to the suffering of the city, its people, those who had to flee from it and those who are called to administer it. He prays to the Lord that they will be protected from violence.”
“And for them and for all, he reiterates the appeal he made last Sunday with the Angelus Prayer: ‘Faced with the barbarism of the killing of children, and of innocent and defenseless citizens, there are no strategic reasons that hold up: the only thing to be done is to cease the unacceptable armed aggression before the city is reduced to a cemetery.’”
In his video message, Major Archbishop Shevchuk said: “We pray today for the search for a solution to this war. We are searching for opportunities not only to defend ourselves militarily, but also to do everything possible so that this war might end more quickly.”
“But most importantly, let us pray together for peace, peace in Ukraine, so that the sky over Ukraine might no longer be a sky filled with bombs, but rather filled with God’s peace and blessing,” he said.