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For war-torn Ukraine

 For war-torn Ukraine  ING-036
09 September 2022

Before praying the Angelus after the Beatification Mass for John Paul I in Saint Peter’s Square, Pope Francis thanked clergy and state leaders for attending the celebration, and he invited the faithful to pray once again for “peace throughout the world, especially for war-torn Ukraine”. The following is a translation of the Holy Father’s words.

Dear brothers and sisters,

Before concluding this celebration, I extend my greeting to all of you and thank you for your participation.

I am grateful to my brother Cardinals, to the Bishops and priests who have come from various countries.

I greet the official delegations who have come here to render homage to the new Blessed. My respectful thought goes to the President of the Italian Republic and the Prime Minister of the Principality of Monaco.

I greet all of you pilgrims, especially the faithful from Venice, Belluno and Vittorio Veneto, the places connected to the human, priestly, and episcopal experience of Blessed Albino Luciani.

And now we turn in prayer to the Virgin Mary, so that she might obtain the gift of peace throughout the world, especially for war-torn Ukraine. May she, the first and perfect disciple of the Lord, help us follow the example and holiness of life of John Paul I.