This bishop and saint gave his life for Christian unity, the Pope recalled.
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Pope Francis on this February 5 called on the intercession of a saint who died four centuries ago to help Ukraine.
After praying the midday Angelus with pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square, he greeted a group from the Ukrainian community of Milan.
They made a pilgrimage to Rome for the fourth centenary of the death of Bishop St. Josaphat, who died in 1623. The bishop “gave his life for Christian unity,” the Pope noted.
Beloved, I praise your efforts to welcome your compatriots who have fled the war. May the Lord, through the intercession of St. Josaphat, grant peace to the martyred people of Ukraine.
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