Appallingly, we are again seeing the face of evil as Russian troops have launched an unprovoked attack on the people of Ukraine. We fervently pray through the intercession of Mary Immaculate, to whom our Diocese is consecrated, that this military action quickly ends, that causalities are limited, and we pray for the repose of the souls of those who have been killed and those who will no doubt lose their lives in the coming days.
In the book, Peace on Earth: Fraternity is Possible, a collection of Pope Francis' words and speeches on the importance of praying and working for peace, the Holy Father said people should pray to promote peace: "To pray is to protest war in front of God. Never stop asking the Lord with faith and insistence for the end of conflict.”
In that spirit, I ask everyone in the 14 counties of our diocese to join me in praying for the fighting to stop and for lasting peace in Ukraine.
+Edward B. Scharfenberger
Bishop of Albany