Holy Father Blessed Ukrainian Children

August 20, 2015

From July 22 to August 28, a group of children from the part of Ukraine affected by war in the East of the country are staying in Italian families in Abruzzo region. They came for rehabilitation and recreation under the project of the Ukrainian Embassy to Italy and the charitable Catholic organization “I Bambini visti dalla Luna.”

On Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at the initiative of the Ukrainian Embassy to the Holy See, those children came for the general audience with Pope Francis. During the meeting the children, some of whom are orphans from the families of soldiers, asked the Holy Father to pray for peace in Ukraine and to visit their homeland. They presented Holy Father with the painting of a Ukrainian church.

The children said that even though they are Ukrainian Orthodox, this meeting with the Holy Father means a lot to them and hope for better future.


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