Pope Francis appeals for an Easter truce in Ukraine, Palm Sunday 10th April 2022
Prayer for an end to the war in Ukraine during a General Audience on 16th March. Click here to listen to the prayer
On the 25th March – the Feast of the Annunciation – the Holy Father consecrated Ukraine and Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, calling on the intercession of Our Blessed Mother for peace. In union with Pope Francis, Cardinal Vincent Nichols consecrated Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on the evening of Friday March 25, 2022.
Read Bishop Richard’s Message concerning the conflict in Ukraine 28th February 2022 or watch a recording of his message here
Holy Hour: you are invited to come to Sunday Vespers in the Abbey Church at 6.00 pm, and to stay for a half hour of exposition of the Blessed Sacrament until 7.00 pm. Please take advantage of this opportunity to pray for an end to the conflict in Ukraine.
Loving God, we pray for the people of Ukraine, for all those suffering or afraid,
that you will be close to them and protect them. We pray for world leaders, for compassion, strength and wisdom to guide their choices. We pray for the world that in this moment of crisis, we may reach out in solidarity to our brothers and sisters in need. May we walk in your ways so that peace and justice become a reality for the people of Ukraine and for all the world. Amen
Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal: How you can help CAFOD stands in solidarity with the Ukrainian people and sends prayers to our sister organisation Caritas Ukraine, and those Caritas agencies in neighbouring countries, who are already helping people affected by this conflict. Donate to CAFOD’s Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal
Solidarity with Ukraine: Ukrainians are fleeing to Romania to escape Russia’s invasion. Catalin Constantin is Romanian and was the farm manager at Worth for 8 years. Catalin, his wife and his young family, returned to Romania in 2017 where they run a small family business of 5 self-catering villas. They now find themselves at the epicentre of one of the Ukrainian refugee routes just over the border in northern Romania. They need money to help with the costs to feed, board and support the increasing number of Ukrainians who are crossing into Romania at the ferry border point of Isaccea. You can donate and find out more on Catalin’s justgiving page. Read about Father Patrick’s correspondence with Catalin here
Thanks to your great generosity, the initial £15,000 target on the JustGiving website, was exceeded in the first two days! The target has now been raised to £50,000 to enable Catalin and friends to meet more of the needs of these bewildered refugees coming through Isaccea from the awful situation in Ukraine.