Pope Francis Makes “Heartfelt Appeal” for Day of Prayer for Peace in Ukraine

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Please pray for Ukraine!

Pope Francis asked the faithful to dedicate a day of prayer for peace in Ukraine on Wed., Jan. 26, as tensions rise between Russia and the eastern European country.

The pope expressed “concern” for the Ukrainian people and the possibility of “wider repercussions” across Europe and the world if a Russian invasion occurs.

“I am following with concern the increase of tensions that threaten to inflict a new blow to the peace in Ukraine and call into question the security of the European continent, with wider repercussions,” the Pope said in his Jan. 23 address after the Angelus prayer.

“I make a heartfelt appeal to all people of goodwill, that they may raise prayers to God Almighty, that every political action and initiative may serve human brotherhood, rather than partisan interests.”

“Given the current tensions, I propose that next Wed., Jan. 26, be a day of prayer for peace,” Pope Francis declared.

Listen to Pope Francis’ full address below:

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Prayer for Peace by Pope St. John XXIII

Lord Jesus Christ, who are called the Prince of Peace,
who are yourself our peace and reconciliation,
who so often said, “Peace to you,” grant us peace.

Make all men and women witnesses of truth, justice, and brotherly love.
Banish from their hearts whatever might endanger peace.
Enlighten our rulers that they may guarantee and defend the great gift of peace.

May all peoples on the earth
become as brothers and sisters.
May longed for peace blossom forth
and reign always over us all.

Amen.

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[See also: End Crisis & Division: A Powerful Prayer to Our Lady of Sorrows for Peace in the United States]

[See also: “All Things Are Passing”: St. Teresa of Avila’s Powerful Prayer for Peace in Times of Distress]

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