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One Year From the Start of the War in Ukraine Pope Attends Screening of a Documentary

(ZENIT News / Vatican City, 24.02.2023).- On Friday afternoon, February 24, first anniversary of the War in Ukraine, Pope Francis attended the screening of the documentary “Freedom on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom,” promoted by the Director, Evgeny Afineevsky, in the Synod’s New Hall.

The screening was reserved to some 240 guests: needy people, refugees and members of the Ukrainian community in Rome, invited by the Director, accompanied by representatives of Associations that assist them and by His Holiness’ Almoner, Cardinal Konrad Krajewski.

At the end of the screening, Pope Francis addresses a few words to those present and prayed with them, asking the Lord to heal men’s hearts, minds and eyes, so that they “can see the beauty You have made and not destroy it,” and he concluded “sow in us the seed of peace.”

Before returning to Casa Santa Marta, the Holy Father paused to greet and converse with those present, among them some of the individuals whose story is told in the documentary.