Caritas Bangladesh, the social action arm of the Catholic Church, held a special prayer service for peace in Ukraine and Russia via Zoom video conferencing on March 2.
Thousands of Caritas Bangladesh workers joined virtually to pray for peace between Ukraine and Russia.
At the request of Pope Francis, similar prayers are being offered in many parts of the world on Ash Wednesday.
Bishop James Romen Boiragi of Khulna, President of Caritas Bangladesh, said, "At present in the life of the people, peace has become a great demand in the society. Because of the wars in different parts of the world, people are fleeing their homes and living in unrest."
"Today, we expect people all over the world to realize this and change minds… we can all live in peace," said Bishop Romen.
Bishop Boiragi said, "We can accept each other as brothers and sisters. May we all be people of peace."
Bishop Gervas Rozario of Rajshahi diocese and former president of Caritas Bangladesh said, "Today we have met in a prayer meeting with a very broken-hearted. The people of Ukraine and Russia are being killed in an unjust war".
"I pray that those who are fleeing the horrors of war will be able to rely on their Creator and be safe even in these difficult times," said Bishop Gervas.
James Gomes, program director of Caritas Bangladesh, mentioned that "the world is in turmoil during Covid. In this situation, no well-meaning person wanted to see such a war. Even so, owning one is still beyond the reach of the average person."
"The Ukraine-Russia aggression did not only disrupt the peace of that country or Europe. Its negative effects have been felt all over the world. So let us pray for an end to the ongoing conflict between Ukraine and Russia," said James Gomes.
Father Liton Hubert Gomes, CSC, executive secretary of the justice and peace commission and Caritas Bangladesh Chaplin, said, "We do not want war; we want peace."
Caritas Bangladesh workers from different parts of Caritas regions, trusts, and projects across Bangladesh took part in the prayer through the Virtual Zoom app for the world's peace, especially in Ukraine and Russia.
Prayers were offered not only for Ukraine and Russia but also for people suffering casualties due to the war.
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