Show Closeness to Ukrainians: Pope Asks for Help and Prayer

**Pope Francis Calls for Help and Prayer During Angelus Appeal in St. Peter’s Square**
In an appeal during the Angelus prayer in Saint Peter’s Square on January 15, 2023, Pope Francis called for help and prayer for the martyred Ukrainian people. This call comes after a wave of Russian attacks on Saturday in Ukrainian regions that left at least 26 dead and 81 injured.

Andriy Yermak, head of the office of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, praised the Pope’s peace initiatives and stated that Russia must stop the war as they are killing civilians and destroying infrastructure.

“Let’s not forget the martyred Ukrainian people, who suffer so much. Let’s show ourselves close to them with our feelings, help and prayer,” said Pope Francis in his appeal.
He has stayed in regular contact with the secretary of Vatican State, Italian Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

These appeals have come after Ukrainian territories experienced a wave of Russian attacks that have left 26 dead and 81 injured. Yermak added that “it is up to them to stop the conflict: they are killing civilians, destroying our infrastructure.”

The Pope’s visit to Ukraine could send a clear signal to Russia, encouraging them to end what they have started.

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