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With most of the children gone, the cherry trees have remained unpicked, their fruit left to drop on the pockmarked pavement
“While we see the ferocity, the cruelty of Russian troops, we must not forget the real problems if we want them to be solved”
Pope Francis urged world leaders to unite against war and work toward solutions
The pope wanted “to offer a sign of hope to the world, suffering from the conflict in Ukraine and deeply wounded by the violence of many wars"
The pope will pray the rosary before the statue of Mary Regina Pacis (Queen of Peace) at Rome’s Basilica of St. Mary Major on May 31
Pope Francis prayed that leaders of nations “may not lose their 'feel' for their people who want peace"
He said he would not say that Putin’s ire was “provoked” by NATO’s statements, but that maybe it was “encouraged”
Only a handful of priests from the Russian Orthodox Church have spoken out openly against the Kremlin's military campaign