Pope calls for decrease of tensions and promotion of peace in in eastern Ukraine

On Sunday 18th April 2021, speaking after the Regina Coeli prayer in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis referred to the current situation in several areas of Eastern Ukraine. His Holiness pronounced the following words:

«And this is something sad. I am following with deep concern the events in several areas of eastern Ukraine, where in recent months violations of the cease-fire have multiplied, and I observe with great apprehension the increase of military activities. Please, I firmly hope that the increase of tensions may be avoided and, on the contrary, gestures may be made that are capable of promoting mutual trust and fostering reconciliation and peace, so necessary and so desired. May we also keep at heart the grave humanitarian situation being experienced by that population, to whom I express my closeness and for whom I invite you to pray. Ave Maria…»

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