“Peace is possible! Let us not resign ourselves to war”

The Holy Father’s words after the Marian prayer

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After the Angelus prayer on this Sunday, 13 November 2022, the Holy Father invited us to “Remain always close to our brothers and sisters in tormented Ukraine. Let us be close to them in prayer and concrete solidarity. Peace is possible! Let us not resign ourselves to war”.

Below are the Pope’s words after the Angelus, provided by the Holy See Press Office:

The Pope’s words after the Angelus

Dear brothers and sisters!

Tomorrow will be the first anniversary of the launch of the Laudato si’ Platform for Action, which promotes ecological conversion and lifestyles consistent with it. I would like to thank all those who have embraced this initiative: there are around six thousand participants, including individuals, families, associations, businesses, and religious, cultural and healthcare institutions. It is an excellent start to a seven-year journey aimed at responding to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor. I encourage this mission, crucial for the future of humanity, so that it may foster in everyone a genuine commitment to the care of creation.

From this perspective, I would like to recall the COP27 Summit on Climate Change, which is taking place in Egypt. I hope that steps forward will be made, with courage and determination, in the wake of the Paris Agreement.

Let us always remain close to our brothers and sisters in martyred Ukraine. Close in prayer and with concrete solidarity. Peace is possible! Let us not resign ourselves to war.

And I greet you all, pilgrims from Italy and various countries, families, parishes, associations and individual faithful. In particular, I greet the “El Shaddai” charismatic group from the United States of America, the Uruguayan “bandoneon” musicians – I see your flag there, bravo! – the Romanian Greek-Catholic Mission of Paris, the school pastoral representatives from Limoges and Tulle with their respective bishops, and the members of the Eritrean community of Milan, to whom I assure my prayer for their country. I am glad to welcome the altar servers of Ovada, the “Nuova Famiglia” cooperative of Monza, the civil protection of Lecco, the faithful of Perugia, Pisa, Sassari, Catania and Bisceglie, and the boys and girls of the Immacolata.

I wish you all a good Sunday. Please, do not forget to pray for me. Enjoy your lunch, and arrivederci!