December 17, 2014
Francis appeals for Ukraine and Afghanistan
Pope Francis appealed once more for peace in Ukraine and asked for prayers for the victims of the massive landslide that killed over 2,000 people in Afghanistan last Saturday.
“I would like to invite you to entrust to Our Lady the situation in Ukraine, where tensions continue unabated.” The Pontiff said, speaking to the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square .
“I pray with you for the victims of recent days, asking that the Lord instill sentiments of peacemaking and brotherhood in the hearts of everyone.”
Francis also asked prayers for the victims of the massive landslide in Afghanistan and made a call to alleviate the suffering of the survivors. “Let us pray also for those who died because of the huge landslide that struck two days ago in a village in Afghanistan.” Pope Francis said.
“[May] Almighty God, who knows the name of every one of the victims, welcome all in His peace, and give survivors the strength to go forward, with the support of those who seek to alleviate their suffering.