As the attention of the entire world is riveted on the unfolding military crisis in Ukraine, I ask all the faithful of the Diocese of Trenton to pray fervently for peace in that region of the world and the protection of our Ukrainian sisters and brothers there. In his General Audience in Rome on Wednesday, our Holy Father spoke of “the great pain in my heart because of the worsening situation in Ukraine.”  He appealed “to all sides to abstain from any actions that could provoke more suffering to the populations, de-establishing coexistence among nations.” The Pope has asked everyone to “dedicate themselves intensely to prayer and fasting” for peace on Ash Wednesday, March 2, at the beginning of the holy season of Lent.  He concluded his remarks, seeking the intercession of the Blessed Mother, “May the Queen of Peace preserve the world from the madness of war.” 

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