March 8, 2014
Pope Francis pledges for peace, harmony in Kiev
Pope Francis has appealed for peace in Ukraine saying he hopes for “all violent action to end” and for “peace and harmony” to be resumed soon.
According to ANSA and EFE international news agencies, the pontiff opened the second session of a special consistory for the family at the Vatican where he gathered with some 185 cardinals from around the world, praying for the violence-struck Kiev.
“I would like to send a message, not only personal but in the name of all Ukrainian cardinals, who are suffering so much these day and are going through so much difficulties in their homeland,” the head of the Roman Catholic Church said.
In his weekly general audience in St Peter's square earlier on Wednesday, Francis had urged “all parties” involved in the Ukraine crisis to “seize violence.”
“These days I am following with worry what is happening in Kiev and I affirm my nearness to all the Ukrainian people and pray for all the violence victims, for their families and their loved ones,” the first Latin American pope in history had stated.
After this two-day meeting Pope Francis will formally appoint on Saturday 19 new cardinals for the first time of his pontificate.