Pope Francis condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and announced he sent two cardinals to Ukraine to “to serve the people, to help.”

“The presence of the two cardinals there is the presence not only of the pope, but of all the Christian people who want to get closer and say: ‘War is madness! Stop, please! Look at this cruelty!'” 

Pope Francis said the Church is committed to help bring about peace in Ukraine, and appealed for safe humanitarian corridors.

“The Holy See is ready to do everything, to put itself at the service of this peace. The number of victims is increasing, as are the people fleeing, especially mothers and children. The need for humanitarian assistance in that troubled country is growing dramatically by the hour. I make a heartfelt appeal for humanitarian corridors to be genuinely secured, and for aid to be guaranteed and access facilitated to the besieged areas in order to offer vital relief to our brothers and sisters oppressed by bombs and fear.”

Speaking to pilgrims in Saint Peter’s Square, many of them from Ukraine holding up their flag, he also again directly called for an end to the war.

“Above all, I implore that the armed attacks cease and that negotiation — and common sense — prevail. And that international law be respected once again! Let us pray together, as brothers and sisters, to Our Lady, Queen of Ukraine.”

Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, the papal almoner, and Cardinal Michael Czerny, the interim prefect of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, are both on their way to Ukraine now, “an extraordinary gesture.”

“Cardinal Krajewski is on his way now (March 7) towards the Polish/Ukraine border, where he will visit refugees and volunteers in shelters and homes. Cardinal Czerny will arrive in Hungary on Tuesday (March 8) to visit some reception centers for the migrants coming from Ukraine. Both are directed to Ukraine and depending on the situation they intend to reach the country in the coming days.”

When he arrived in Poland, Cardinal Krajewski said he will go “as far as I can” in Ukraine.

“I bring you greetings and blessings from Pope Francis. The pope is praying and very much experiencing the situation of war. Today you have to think with the Gospel and not with the world. From Lublin, I will go to Ukraine, as far as I can.” 

🙏 Pray with Pope Francis and the Church for peace!

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