Pope’s joy at Russia-Ukraine prisoner exchange

On Sunday, 15 September 2019, Pope Francis, after the Angelus prayer in St. Peter’s square, referred to the exchange of prisoners between Russian Federation and Ukraine, in these words:

“Dear brothers and sisters,

Last week, the long-awaited exchange of prisoners between the Russian Federation and Ukraine took place. I am joyful for the people who have regained their freedom and are able to re-embrace their loved ones and I continue to pray for a quick end to the conflict and for lasting peace in eastern Ukraine.”

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