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A man stands in front his damaged house after shelling March 24 in the Ukrainian town of Makeevka. (CNS photo/Alexander Ermochenko, EPA) See UKRAINE-COLLECTION-SOLIDARITY April 19, 2016.

Give generously to Ukraine, Pope Francis urges

Holy Father greets pilgrims from Ukraine and Belarus to mark the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl tragedy

Pope Francis has urged Catholics to give generously to his appeal for Ukraine this weekend, saying the country was suffering in a ‘forgotten conflict.’

“The people of Ukraine have been suffering for some time from the consequences of an armed conflict, forgotten by so many,” the Pope said, speaking to the Faithful and pilgrims at the conclusion of the general audience in St Peter’s Square this morning.

“As you know, I have invited the Church in Europe to support the initiative I called for to address this humanitarian emergency. I wish to thank, in advance, all those who will contribute generously to this initiative, which will take place this Sunday, April 24.”

The Pope first announced the collection throughout the Church in Europe for Ukraine after the Regina Caeli prayer on Sunday April 3.

During his special greetings following his Wednesday catechesis, Pope Francis welcomed pilgrims from Ukraine and Belarus who are in Rome for an international conference marking the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl tragedy.

“While we renew our prayers for the victims of this disaster, we express our gratitude to the rescuers and for all the initiatives with which they have sought to alleviate the suffering and damage,” he said.

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