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Pope Reminds World of Suffering in War-Torn Ukraine

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A man stands in front his damaged house after shelling March 24 in the Ukrainian town of Makeevka. (CNS photo/Alexander Ermochenko, EPA)

A man stands in front his damaged house after shelling March 24 in the Ukrainian town of Makeevka. (CNS photo/Alexander Ermochenko, EPA)
A man stands in front his damaged house after shelling March 24 in the Ukrainian town of Makeevka. (CNS photo/Alexander Ermochenko, EPA)

 
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis’ pleas for humanitarian aid for Ukraine are bringing needed attention to a forgotten war, said Ukrainian Catholic leaders. The 2-year-old war has caused thousands of deaths and forced more than 1 million people to seek refuge abroad, the pope said. After Mass April 3, Divine Mercy Sunday, Pope Francis asked that Catholic parishes throughout Europe take up a special collection on April 24 as a sign of closeness and solidarity with people suffering because of the war in Eastern Ukraine. He prayed that the collection also “could help, without further delay, promote peace and respect for the law in that harshly tried land.” Ukrainian Bishop Borys Gudziak of Paris, head of external church relations for the Ukrainian Catholic Church, said the three things needed most are “to pray for peace and justice in Ukraine, to stay informed regarding the true situation in this ancient European land, and to show your solidarity.”