At the conclusion of the General Audience, Pope Francis called on everyone to renew closeness to Ukrainian brothers and sisters who are suffering greatly, to help them with humanitarian aid and keep them in our hearts throughout Advent and Christmas.
Pope Francis sent a delegation to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew stressing the need for reconciliation, fraternity, and unity in today’s world and greetings on the Feast of St. Andrew, the Apostle, on November 30. It is a long-standing tradition of the annual exchange of Delegations between the Vatican and the Patriarchate for their respective patronal feasts.
At the conclusion of the General Audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis expressed his closeness to the victims of the Java earthquake which left 271 killed, 40 still missing, and injured nearly 2043 people as of Wednesday.
Pope Francis reiterated his concern over the war in Ukraine three times during the weekly General Audience, calling for disarmament and appealing for dialogue. He also highlighted the many forgotten wars wreaking death and destruction across the globe.
In the wake of an attack on a Catholic mission hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo in which civilians and a nun were killed, Pope Francis condemns a surge in violence and prays for all those affected.