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Pope mentions Ukraine in his Easter speech

Pontiff wished peace for residents of eastern Ukraine suffering from the ongoing armed conflict
18:00, 21 April 2019

Radio Vaticana

Pope Francis mentioned Ukraine in his speech in the Vatican on April 21, when Catholic Christians celebrate the feast of the Resurrection of Christ. This is reported by BBC.

"May this Easter bring consolation to the residents of eastern Ukraine suffering from the ongoing conflict ... May the Lord encourage humanitarian aid initiatives and those aimed at achieving a lasting peace," said the Pope of Rome.

In his speech, he also mentioned other conflicts and crises in the world, particularly in Syria, Libya, Israel and Palestine, Sudan and South Sudan, Cameroon, Burkina Faso, and other countries.

The Pontiff also condemned the attacks in Sri Lanka, where several explosions occurred in churches during Easter services. He expressed his condolences to the Christian community of the country.

It is noted that thousands of people from different countries gathered to listen to the Pope's Easter speech on St. Peter's Square in Rome. The speech was broadcasted live to millions of viewers around the world.

Related: Easter ceasefire to be announced in Donbas on April 18, - Poroshenko

Earlier Pope Francis mentioned Ukraine and asked for peace in the traditional Urbi et Orbi Christmas message.

“May the Lord, who is born, bring relief to dear Ukraine, which eagerly wants to regain a lasting peace. With the piece that respects the rights of every nation, a country can rise after suffering and restore decent living conditions for its citizens. I assure my closeness to the Christian communities in this region and pray for that fraternity and friendship can be built," the Vatican News quotes the text of the Christmas sermon of the pontiff.

Related: OSCE head calls for new cease-fire in eastern Ukraine

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