Pope Francis told the faithful that Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, his envoy who went on a mission to Ukraine, told him about the “horrors” of the war he saw there. On the Pope’s Twitter account there was an entry referring to “martyred Ukraine”.
During the general audience of St. Vatican the Pope said: – I would like to remind you of a terrible tormented situation Ukraine. Cardinal Krajewski went there for the fourth time, he called me yesterday.
Franciszek emphasized that his envoy is helping there.
“I would like to mention the terrible situation in the tortured Ukraine”
The Pope added that Cardinal Konrad Krajewski told him “about the pain of this nation, about evil, about atrocities, about the bodies of tortured people who find there”. “Let us be united with this noble and martyred nation,” he added.
An entry on this topic also appeared on the Pope’s Twitter account.
“I would like to mention the terrible situation in the tortured Ukraine. My envoy told me about the pain of this people, about the atrocities they suffer. Let us pray together for these martyred people and for peace,” he wrote.
Cardinal Konrad Krajewski in Izium
On Monday, Cardinal Krajewski was at the site of mass graves discovered in the forest near Izium in the Kharkiv region in the north-east of Ukraine.
In a statement to the Vatican media, the Polish cardinal and prefect of the Dicastery for Mercy Service said that he had seen 50 policemen, firefighters and soldiers in white overalls extracting the bodies of killed Ukrainians from the graves. Some, he added, were killed three or four months ago, others were recently buried.
– I know, there is war, and war knows no mercy, there are also killed. Seeing so many of them in one zone is a difficult thing to tell, to explain – said Cardinal Krajewski.
He then admitted: “There was something that touched me greatly; these young Ukrainians were pulling these bodies out in such a delicate way, in such total silence. It seemed like a ceremony. Nobody said anything, and there were many policemen, soldiers, at least 200 people. All in silence, in great respect for the mystery of death.
“There was really a lot to learn from these young people,” noted the cardinal. The papal envoy said he walked among the graves and prayed the rosary. – We were there for at least three hours. I couldn’t do anything else – he pointed out. Cardinal Krajewski was also at the police station, turned into a torture chamber by the Russians. – I knew that I would see many killed, but I also met people who showed the beauty that is sometimes hidden in our hearts. They showed human beauty in a place where there could only be revenge. And yet not, ‘he added. The papal almoner recalled the words from the Holy Scriptures: “Overcome evil with good”.
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