The Pope invites a day of prayer and fasting for peace in Ukraine on March 2- The Pope Francisco, at the end of the general audience on Wednesday, February 23, has made a appeal to believers and non-believers to unite in prayer for peace in Ukraine next March 2, Ash Wednesday. The Pope invites a day of prayer and fasting for peace in Ukraine on March 2
The Holy Father exhorts to all the parties involved "That refrain from any action that causes even more suffering to populations, destabilizing coexistence among nations and discrediting international law.
Full text of the Pope's appeal for peace in Ukraine
“I have a great pain in my heart due to the worsening of the situation in Ukraine. Despite the diplomatic efforts of recent weeks, increasingly alarming scenarios are opening up. Like me, many people around the world are feeling anguish and concern. One more time the peace of all is threatened by the interests of the parties. I would like to make a an appeal to those who have political responsibilities, to make a serious examination of conscience before God, who is the God of peace and not of war; that he is the Father of all, not just of some, that he wants us to be brothers and not enemies. I ask all parties involved That refrain from any action that causes even more suffering to the populations, destabilizing coexistence among nations and discrediting international law.
And I would like to appeal to everyone, believers and non-believers. Jesus has taught us that the diabolical folly of violence is answered with the weapons of God, with prayer and fasting. I invite everyone to make next March 2, Ash Wednesday, a day of fasting for peace. I especially encourage believers to dedicate themselves intensely to prayer and fasting on that day. May the Queen of Peace preserve the world from the madness of war."
January 26, 2022