Pope Francis has led a world prayer carrier for peace in Ukraine and different puts afflicted by means of struggle, sitting in his wheelchair prior to a statue that Romans historically go along with peace.
The 85-year-old pontiff visited the Rome basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore and prayed prior to the statue of Mary Queen of Peace.
Pope Benedict XV commissioned the paintings in 1918 to invite God to finish World War I.
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Worshippers in shrines in Ukraine, Iraq, Syria and different international locations have been hooked up by means of video and Catholics around the globe have been requested to wish on the similar time.
About 1000 attended the carrier in Rome, together with the Ukrainian ambassador to the Vatican and numerous folks dressed in the blue and yellow colors of the Ukrainian flag.
Before praying the rosary, Francis requested Mary – who in Christianity is respected because the Mother of God – to “reconcile hearts that are full of violence and vendetta”.
Francis, who has made a large number of appeals for peace in Ukraine since Russia invaded its neighbour in February, is affected by knee ache and has been the use of a wheelchair for the previous few weeks.
As he was once leaving the church, he stopped to greet folks in wheelchairs, together with a boy dressed in a Ukrainian flag round his neck.