Pope prays escalation might be averted in Ukraine, remembers Istanbul victims

By Vatican News staff writer Pope Francis expressed his worry and concern upon hearing news of the latest, powerful missile attack on Ukraine that has also caused so much damage to civilian infrastructure.  15/11/2022 Pope Francis sends his condolences to the families and friends of those killed and injured in Sunday’s bomb attack in central […]

Pope prays escalation might be averted in Ukraine, remembers Istanbul victims

By Vatican News staff writer

Pope Francis expressed his worry and concern upon hearing news of the latest, powerful missile attack on Ukraine that has also caused so much damage to civilian infrastructure. 

He asked everyone to pray to the Lord that me may “convert the hearts” of those who still want to engage in war. 

“May the desire for peace prevail… in war-torn Ukraine to prevent any escalation and open the way for a ceasefire and dialogue.”

The Pope encouraged “unceasing prayer” so that “the Lord may give Ukrainians consolation, fortitude in trial and hope for peace.” May we all ask the Lord to “hurry in helping us,” he added.

International media reported a series of Russian missile attacks on Ukrainian cities overnight hitting power plants and infrastructures in various parts of the country. Two missiles reportedly hit an area of Poland near the border with Ukraine. 

The Pope also renewed his prayers for the innocent victims of the terrorist attack in Istanbul that took place last Sunday. He sent a a telegramme of condolences yesterday assuring the victims, their families and close ones of his closeness and prayers. 

Vatican News