Rome Newsroom, Dec 21, 2022 / 04:28 am
Pope Francis has urged Catholics not to forget the many children in Ukraine this Christmas who are suffering without electricity and heating amid the war.
Speaking near a large Nativity scene in Paul VI Hall on Dec. 21, the pope recalled an encounter that he had with Ukrainian war refugees in which the children seemed unable to smile.
“On this feast of God becoming a child, let us think of Ukrainian children. … These children bear the tragedy of that war, which is so inhuman, so harsh,” he said.
“Let us think of the Ukrainian people this Christmas, without electricity, without heating, without the main things necessary to survive, and let us pray to the Lord to bring them peace as soon as possible.”