Pope Francis on Sunday appealed for constructive dialogue between Institutions and civil society in Ukraine.
the crowds gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the Angelus Prayer, the
Pope said he is praying for the people of Ukraine, in particular for
those who have lost their lives during the violence of the past days,
and for their families.
He said he is praying the parties involved will
avoid resorting to violent actions, and that the spirit of peace and the
quest for common good may prevail.
Weeks of protests in Kiev
have escalated into violent clashes between police and demonstrators
angry that the government didn't sign a deal to bring it closer to the
Also in words after the Angelus, Pope Francis
noted that there were many children in the Square and said his thoughts
go to a three-year child, burnt to death by members of the Southern
Italian Calabria mafia after his grandfather failed to pay a drug debt
This violence against such a young child – he said – seems
not to have precedents in the history of criminality. “Let’s pray for
Cocò” – Francis continued – “who is surely in heaven with Jesus, and for
those who have committed this crime: may they repent and convert to the
And, reflecting on the Gospel reading for the day which
tells of how Jesus began his public life in Galilee – a land of borders
and of transit, a peripheral region where men of different races,
cultures and religions met. The Pope pointed out that Galilee is
similar to the world today: the presence of diverse cultures – he said -
means there is need for encounter. This kind of context – he added –
can frighten us and tempt us to build walls of protection. But Jesus –
he pointed out – teaches us that the Good News that he brings is for
all – not just for part of humanity.
And speaking of how
Jesus chose his apostles among the simple people, the fishermen whom he
called to make “fishers of men” – the Pope said “the Lord continues to
walk the streets of our daily life calling us to go join Him and to
work with Him for God’s Reign, in the ‘Galilee’ of our times”.
you”- he said – “must realize that the Lord is watching you: if you
hear Him saying ‘follow me’, you must have courage and go with Him. The
Lord will never disappoint you”.