Pray for peace in Ukraine

The Saint Vladimir Monument, overlooking the Dnieper River in Kyiv, Ukraine. (Photo by Robert Anasch on Unsplash)

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"Pray the Rosary every day in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary to obtain peace in the world . . . for she alone can save it" - Our Lady of Fatima, July 13, 1917.

Jesus said to St. Faustina, "Mankind will not have peace until it turns with trust to My mercy"
- Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, 300. 

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The invasion of Ukraine by Russia has begun. At his General Audience on Feb. 23, Pope Francis stated:

My heart aches greatly at the worsening situation in Ukraine. Despite the diplomatic efforts of the last few weeks, increasingly alarming scenarios are opening up. Like me, many people all over the world are feeling anguish and concern. Once again the peace of all is threatened by partisan interests.

I would like to appeal to those with political responsibility to examine their consciences seriously before God, who is the God of peace and not of war; who is the Father of all, not just of some, who wants us to be brothers and not enemies. I pray that all the parties involved refrain from any action that would cause even more suffering to the people, destabilising coexistence between nations and bringing international law into disrepute.
 
And now I would like to appeal to everyone, believers and non-believers alike. Jesus taught us that the diabolical senselessness of violence is answered with God's weapons, with prayer and fasting.

I invite everyone to make March 2, Ash Wednesday, a Day of Fasting for Peace. I encourage believers in a special way to dedicate themselves intensely to prayer and fasting on that day.

May the Queen of Peace preserve the world from the madness of war.

The Marian Fathers invite the faithful to unite in prayer and continue to pray the Rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet for peace and an end to war in Ukraine.

Let us ask Our Lady's intercession for peace in the world, which we so badly need.

The Memorare
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known
that anyone who fled to your protection,
implored your help
or sought your intercession
was left unaided.
Inspired with confidence, I fly to you,
O virgin of virgins, my Mother.
To you I come, before you I stand,
sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
despise not my petitions,
but in your mercy,
hear and answer me.
Amen.

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