We see Jesus in children who, together with their families, suffer from the violence of the conflict in Ukraine and its grave humanitarian repercussions: we pray that the Lord may soon gran peace to this dear country.
(Urbi et Orbi Message, 25 December 2017)
A shared commitment to rebuilding bridges is also urgent in Ukraine. The year just ended reaped new victims in the conflict that afflicts the country, continuing to bring great suffering to the population, particularly to families who live in areas affected by the war and have lost their loved ones, not infrequently the elderly and children.
(Address to the Members of the Diplomatic Corps, 8 January 2017)