Pope to Ukrainian refugees: I pray for peace in your country

Pope to Ukrainian refugees: I pray for peace in your country

Pope Francis met in the Vatican with refugees, including those from Ukraine, who arrived in Europe via humanitarian corridors.

This is reported by Vatican News, according to Ukrinform.

"There are many Ukrainian refugees among you. I want to tell them that the Pope does not renounce the search for peace, does not stop hoping for peace and praying for it. I do this for your long-suffering country and for others who are suffering from war," the Pope said in a speech prepared for the meeting.

As noted, at the meeting, the pontiff read only a few paragraphs from this speech, supplementing them with some impromptu comments. At the same time, he ordered that its original text be published.

Read also: Pope Francis holds first meeting heads of Ukrainian churches

He devoted the time saved to speaking with those in attendance.

Addressing the refugees, the Pope noted that they had to start a new life. "You learned a new language and got to know a new society. All this was difficult, but it bore fruit. I am telling you this as the son of an emigrant family that went through the same path. Your good example and your diligence help disprove the fear and anxiety of strangers. Moreover, your presence can be a blessing for the country in which you are staying, whose laws and culture you have learned to respect," the head of the Holy See is convinced.

He called humanitarian corridors "a practical way to prevent the tragedies and threats associated with human trafficking," and noted that the initiative "remains tragically relevant and more necessary than ever."

As reported earlier, Pope Francis stated that he is ready to visit Kyiv, but on the condition that he travels to Moscow as well.

While citing and using any materials on the Internet, links to the website ukrinform.net not lower than the first paragraph are mandatory. In addition, citing the translated materials of foreign media outlets is possible only if there is a link to the website ukrinform.net and the website of a foreign media outlet. Materials marked as "Advertisement" or with a disclaimer reading "The material has been posted in accordance with Part 3 of Article 9 of the Law of Ukraine "On Advertising" No. 270/96-VR of July 3, 1996 and the Law of Ukraine "On the Media" No. 2849-Х of March 31, 2023 and on the basis of an agreement/invoice.

© 2015-2024 Ukrinform. All rights reserved.

Extended searchHide extended search
By period: