Pope Welcomes Truce in Ukraine

Prays that Dialogue Will Bear Hoped-For Fruit, Appeals for Peace in Lesotho

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In his post-Angelus appeal on Sunday, Pope Francis welcomed a truce in eastern Ukraine between Russian-backed rebels and Ukrainian forces.

“I hope that they can bring relief to the population and contribute to the efforts for a lasting peace,” the Pope said. “I pray that, in the logic of the meeting, the dialogue that has started will continue to bear the fruit that is hoped.”

The Pope also added his voice to that of the Bishops of Lesotho, who appealed for peace in that country. “I condemn all acts of violence and pray to the Lord that the Kingdom of Lesotho will restore peace and justice in fraternity,” he said.

The African country suffered a fail coup attempt last week.

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