Ukrainians still suffering from cruel war: Pope

Ukrainians exit a destroyed building following a Russian missile strike in Kostiantynivka, Ukraine, August 6 (CNS/Alkis Konstantinidis, Reuters)

Pope Francis yesterday asked for ongoing prayers for the people of Ukraine and urged families and society to be peacebuilders, as the nearly six-month war with Russia continues. Source: Vatican News.

Speaking to pilgrims gathered in the Paul VI Hall for the Wednesday General Audience, Pope Francis again turned his thoughts to the people of Ukraine who, he said, “still suffer from this cruel war”

He also asked for prayers for the many migrants arriving at this time, and urged everyone to build peace in their families and society.

“I urge everyone to build unity and peace in the family, in the Church, and in society. It is not easy to be peacemakers, both in the family and in the Church, [and build] unity; but we have to do it, because it is important work.”

On Sunday, Pope Francis had welcomed the departure from Ukraine’s ports of the first shipload of grain, following the deal brokered by Turkey to allow the export of Ukrainian foodstuffs through the Black Sea, after nearly six months of blockade.

At the Angelus, the Holy Father said this step shows “that it is possible to [have] dialogue and achieve concrete results, which benefit everyone” and, therefore, offers a sign of hope that a just and lasting peace can be found.

Since the Russian invasion on February 24, Pope Francis has expressed many times his closeness to Ukraine and has made explicit his desire to travel to Kyiv to bring comfort and hope to the people affected by the war, also warning of the “danger” that the world might slowly turn its gaze away from the conflict.

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Pope: Ukrainians still suffering from a “cruel war” (Vatican News)

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