Pray for Ukraine


Pope Francis has made a heartfelt appeal for peace in Ukraine, inviting everyone to make 2 March, Ash Wednesday, a Day of Fasting for Peace.  “Once again the peace of all is threatened by partisan interests,” he stressed.  Pope Francis appealed 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.”

Cardinal Vincent Nichols appealed “for all to pray for the people of Ukraine, who are suffering the brunt of this conflict. I pray for their strength and perseverance under this onslaught…..We must also keep in mind the plight of those who will become refugees as a result of this attack and the humanitarian crisis that will inevitably follow.”

Cardinal Nichols will be celebrating Mass in Westminster Cathedral at 10am on Sunday, 27 February, for these intentions.  You can take part (live stream) in this at

Ukraine is one of the most Christian countries in Europe with 78% identifying as members of the Orthodox church and 10% identifying as Catholics.