· Pope Francis' concern for the serious situation in the country ·
Pope Francis is concerned about the “grave situation” in Ukraine. Thus at the end of the Regina Caeli on Sunday, 4 May, in St Peter's Square, he asked the faithful to pray with him for the country — especially for the victims of recent fighting — with the hope that “the Lord may fill the hearts of all with sentiments of peace and brotherhood”.
The Holy Father's thoughts also turned to the tragic landslide in Afghanistan which buried more than one thousand people in the province of Badakhshan. “May God Almighty,” he said, “who knows them each by name, receive everyone in his peace; and may he give the survivors the strength to go forward, with the support of those who are working to alleviate their suffering.”
Before reciting the Regina Caeli, the Bishop of Rome celebrated Mass with the Polish community in the Church of St Stanislaw in Rome in thanksgiving for the Canonization of John Paul II.
St. Peter’s Square
July 17, 2019
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