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Volodymyr Zelensky thanks Pope Francis for praying for peace

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he is thankful to Pope Francis for a phone call in which the leader of the Catholic Church told him he is praying for peace as Russian troops continue to attack Ukraine.


President Zelensky wrote on Twitter Saturday that he “thanked Pope Francis @Pontifex for praying for peace in Ukraine and a ceasefire. The Ukrainian people feel the spiritual support of His Holiness,” The Catholic Telegraph reported.

The Ukrainian Embassy to the Holy See said Francis spoke to Zelensky on the phone on Saturday. “The Holy Father expressed his deepest sorrow for the tragic events taking place in our country,” the embassy wrote on Twitter.

Ukraine’s health minister announced Saturday that at least 198 civilians, including three children, had been killed by Russian forces. The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs believes the “real figures are considerably higher” as officials assessing the situation have yet to confirm other reports.


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