Kyiv: Pope Francis expressed concern over the conflict in eastern Ukraine. In a conflict that has been going on for five years, "new alarming events in the Black Sea" have recently occurred, the pontiff said on Monday, January 7, during the New Year reception of the diplomatic corps accredited to the Holy See.
The head of the Roman Catholic Church adheres to a "peaceful settlement of the conflict" and called for respect for international law, which he called "the foundation of security and coexistence throughout the region".
"To this end, important tools that guarantee the free exercise of religious rights," said the Pope.
Francis promised to continue the previously launched humanitarian projects aimed at helping the Ukrainian population suffering from the conflict, primarily in the eastern regions of the country.
He announced his intention to draw even more attention to other humanitarian issues, one of which concerns the fate of numerous prisoners.