Day of Prayer for Peace
Pope Francis calls for a day of prayer for peace over Ukraine situation
At the conclusion of Sunday’s midday Angelus, Pope Francis expressed his concerns over the increasing tensions that threaten to overturn chances for peace in Ukraine and security on the European continent in general, given the wider repercussions of any conflict.
Pope Francis said, “I make a heartfelt appeal to all people of good will to raise prayers to Almighty God that all political actions and initiatives may be at the service of human brotherhood rather than partisan interests.”
The Pope added those who pursue their own objectives to the detriment of others, show despise for their own vocation as human beings, as we have all been created brothers and sisters.
The Pope has expressed his concern regarding the tensions over Ukraine frequent times in the past, encouraging everyone to pray for peace and that dialogue and negotiation may prevail in resolving the situation.
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“All people desire peace, but very few desire those things that make for peace.” ― Thomas à Kempis, The Imitation of Christ
“An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
“World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just mere absence of violence. Peace is, I think, the manifestation of human compassion.” ― Dalai Lama XIV
Let us pray,
God of gentleness and compassion:
Remove the blindness that always sees the other as enemy
Fill us with the desire for those things that make for peace
Lead us to that inner place where peace is born and nurtured.
We ask this, in the Spirit, through Christ, our Lord. Amen.