Friday, February 6, 2015


Once again, my thought goes to the beloved Ukrainian people. Unfortunately, the situation is worsening and the opposition between the sides is getting graver. We pray, first of all, for the victims, among whom there are many civilians, and for their families, and we pray to the Lord that this horrible fratricidal violence will end soon. I renew my heartbroken appeal that every effort be made – also at the international level – for the resumption of dialogue, the only possible way to bring about peace and harmony in that martyred land. Brothers and sisters, when I hear the words "victory" or "defeat", I feel a great pain, a great sadness in my heart. They are not the right words. The only right word is peace! This is the only right word! I think of you, brothers and sisters of Ukraine. However, think about this, this is a war among Christians! You have your Baptism, you are fighting among Christians! Think about this, this scandal! In addition, let us pray so that prayer may be our protest in front of God in times of war.

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