Pope calls for prayers as Ukraine marks Independence Day
August 25, 2014
Following his Angelus address, Pope Francis once again turned his thoughts to Ukraine, which celebrates its Independence Day on August 24.
“My thoughts go in a particular way to the beloved land of Ukraine,” the Pope said, “to all its sons and daughters, to their yearning for peace and tranquility, which is threatened by a situation of tension and conflict that continues unabated, causing much suffering among the population.”
The Holy Father also appealed for prayer for Ukraine, he asked to entrust the whole nation to our Lord Jesus Christ and to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and to pray together for the victims, their families, and all those who suffer.
The pope together with thousands of pilgrims present at St. Peter's Square prayed “Hail Mary” for peace in Ukraine and the end of violence.