The pope meditated on the Sorrowful Mysteries of the rosary in union with Marian shrines around the world.
Pope Francis has again lamented the suffering caused by the invasion of Ukraine and encouraged the faithful to pray a rosary every day for peace.
The pope said that the foundation brings ‘love, hope, and mercy’ to those it supports.
The pope offered a reflection on "Our Lady of Tears."
Major Serhiy Volyna, who has been leading the 36th marine brigade in the battle for the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol, pleaded with the pope to help do something to safely evacuate people from the city.
The pope made the comments during a reflection on his recent trip to Malta at his weekly general audience.
Major Archbishop Shevchuk said: ‘Bring the devil to light and we will overcome.’
"Before the danger of self-destruction, may humanity understand that the moment has come to abolish war, to erase it from human history before it erases human history," Pope Francis said in another plea for peace more than one month after Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
On March 25 Pope Francis led a celebration of the sacrament of penance and the act of consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in St. Peter's Basilica. The following is the full text of the pope's prepared homily.
In his homily, the pope said that the consecration ‘is no magic formula but a spiritual act.’
Catholic Bishops in Africa have, in separate statements, responded to Pope Francis’ call for prayer and consecration of Russia and Ukraine scheduled to take place on the Solemnity of the Annunciation, Friday, March 25.
The pope is asking the bishops ‘to join him in praying for peace and in consecrating and entrusting Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.’
The pope was speaking on the 21st day of the war in Ukraine.
Nearly 1.8 million people have entered Poland from Ukraine since the full-scale Russian invasion.
Pope Francis called for an end to the “harrowing war” in Ukraine on Sunday, condemning Russia's reported attacks on pregnant women and children in the eastern city of Mariupol.
Citing official statistics, Major Archbishop Shevchuk said there were more deaths among civilians than the military.
The besieged city of Mariupol is known as the ‘City of Mary.’
Pope Francis condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and expressed his solidarity with the country on Sunday.
Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk issued a video message as Ukraine entered ‘the second week of this horrible war.’