Peace for Ukraine
· At the Angelus, Pope Francis' appeal on the nation's holiday ·
The Pope invoked “peace and serenity” for Ukraine, where “a situation of tension and conflict” persists and provokes “so much suffering among the civilian population”.
At the Angelus on Sunday, 24 August, the day the country annually celebrates its independence, the Pontiff addressed his thoughts to that “beloved land” and asked the faithful in St Peter's Square to recite the Hail Mary to the “Queen of Peace”, praying in particular “for the victims, their families and for the many who are suffering”.
Referring to Sunday's Gospel reading, which recounts Peter's profession of faith, the Bishop of Rome recalled that in Jesus' plan the Church is “a people founded no longer on heritage, but on faith”. Of this community, Christ is the “cornerstone”; and “Peter is the rock, the visible foundation of the Church’s unity”. However, Francis emphasized, “every baptized person is called to offer Jesus his or her lowly but sincere faith, so that He may continue to build his Church, today, in every corner of the world”.
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