Pope Francis asks the world's Christians to pray for Ukraine
"I ask you again to pray for Ukraine, which is in a very delicate situation..." - Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square, Midday recitation of the Angelus on March 2, 2014
Pope Francis addressed tens of thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square, on Ukraine’s current situation and the importance of creating dialogue.
In Ukraine, March 2 was "Forgiveness Sunday" for Eastern Catholics and members of the Orthodox churches; Lent began March 3 for Catholics and Orthodox who follow the Byzantine tradition.
"While I hope that all sectors of the country will endeavor to overcome misunderstandings and build the future of the nation together...”
"Our people and our country are currently in danger," the archbishop said. "We must stand up for our country, to be ready -- if necessary -- to sacrifice our lives in order to protect the sovereign, free, independent, and unified state," he said in the statement distributed by the Catholic magazine Credo.
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