Mother’s Day: Pope Francis sends moms ‘Our prayer, affection, best wishes’


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Pope Francis waves to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square for the Regina Caeli on Might 8, 2022. / Vatican Media Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Might eight, 2022 / 06:08 am (CNA). Pope Francis asked the trustworthy to rejoice their mothers in a particular method on Sunday, for Mother’s Day, and urged continued prayers for peace in Ukraine.“Let us affectionately keep in mind our mothers — a round of applause for our moms — even those who are not with us down right here, but who reside in our hearts,” he stated during his Regina Caeli tackle. “Our prayer, our affection, and our best needs for all our moms.”The 85-year-old pontiff spoke to the gang gathered in St. Peter’s Sq. in Rome following the Regina Caeli, a Marian prayer stated through the Easter season, on Might eight. Hundreds of trustworthy brightened the cloudy day with their banners and flags as they gathered to wish with the pontiff.Pilgrims in St. Peter's Square on Might 8, 2022. Vatican MediaDuring his tackle, Pope Francis also turned to Our Mother, Our Woman of Pompeii, to intervene in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.“Kneeling in spirit earlier than the image of the Virgin, I entrust to her the ardent want for peace of the many individuals in numerous elements of the world that suffer the mindless calamity of conflict,” he stated. “Particularly, I current the sufferings and tears of the Ukrainian individuals to the Holy Virgin.”His feedback come after he consecrated Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Coronary heart of Mary in March. Speaking from an open window searching to the square, the pontiff referred to as on Catholics to wish the rosary for peace, as he did through the Regina Caeli last week.“Before the insanity of conflict, please, let us continue to wish the Rosary for peace each day,” he stated. “And let us pray for the leaders of nations, in order that they may not lose the ‘pulse of the individuals’ who need peace and who know properly that weapons by no means achieve it, never.”Pope Francis, an outspoken advocate for the Ukrainian individuals, just lately expressed a want to satisfy with Vladimir Putin in Moscow, if the Russian president is prepared. During his handle, he greeted the Ukrainian refugees current, as well as the households hosting them. The United Nations estimates that almost 6 million individuals have fled Ukraine following Russia’s invasion.The pontiff additionally requested for prayers for the victims of an explosion at a lodge in Havana, Cuba. In line with a CNN report, no less than 32 individuals have died and 19 extra are missing after an explosion Friday on the Lodge Saratoga. Authorities say the explosion might have been as a result of a fuel leak.Together with Mom’s Day, Pope Francis acknowledged Sunday because the World Day of Prayer for Vocations.“Might the Christian group on every continent pray to the Lord for the present of vocations to the priesthood, to the consecrated life, to the selection of being a missionary, and to matrimony,” he stated. “That is the day on which, due to our baptism, all of us feel referred to as to comply with Jesus, to say sure to him, to mimic him in order to discover the enjoyment of giving one’s life, of serving the Gospel joyfully and enthusiastically.”He recognized one lady who lived out her vocation: Sister María Agustina Rivas Lopez. Pope Francis announced the beatification of the “heroic missionary” and martyr — perhaps higher often known as “Sister Aguchita” — on Saturday in San Ramon, Peru. A lady spiritual of the Congregation of our Woman of Charity of the Good Shepherd, she died for her religion in 1990. She “all the time remained near the poor, particularly indigenous ladies and peasants, witnessing to the Gospel of justice and peace,” the pontiff remembered.