Pope Francis wishes Ukraine God's help in achieving peace in Donbas

Source : 112 Ukraine

The pontiff also prayed for several countries on Christmas Day, including Yemen, Lebanon, Venezuela, Iraq, Uganda and Syria, as well as Ukraine and Africa
08:43, 26 December 2019

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Pope Francis I wished Ukraine God's help in achieving peace in Donbas in his Christmas message “Urbi et Orbi” (“to the city and to the world”), Vatican news reports.

“May the Redeemer of the world bring light to beloved Ukraine, which yearns for concrete solutions for an enduring peace," the head of the Catholic Church declared at the Feast of the Nativity of Christ.

The pontiff also prayed for Africa, Syria, Lebanon and other countries, which are in the middle of a war at this moment.

Related: Pope welcomes prisoner swap between Ukraine and Russia

As we reported earlier, Pope Francis I has approved the way the talks between Ukraine and the Russian Federation are now going. The Pontiff said so when speaking with reporters during the press conference in Japan. Vatican News quoted him as saying.

"There are issues regarding the international equilibrium that I cannot judge right now. But everything that can be done to stop arms production, to stop wars, to encourage negotiation, with the help of mediators, must always be done, and it produces results. For example, the case of Ukraine and Russia wasn’t about weapons, but about negotiating a prisoner exchange, and this was positive. In Donbas, they are thinking about planning a different governmental regime. Discussions are underway. This is a positive step", the Pope said.

Related: Pope Francis praises Ukraine-Russia talks on Donbas conflict


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