As the reality of war in the Ukraine deepens and innocent lives are threatened and lost, I invite the people of the Diocese and all people of good will to join me in praying for the people in Ukraine.
We stand in solidarity with all Ukrainian people living among us in the Diocese of Cork and Ross as well as with people from here who have made Ukraine their home. We pray for an end to war and a restoration of peace.
I ask that a prayer for peace and an end to war in Ukraine be included in the Prayer of the Faithful at Mass this weekend.
I also encourage you to take up Pope Francis invitation to make Ash Wednesday a day of prayer and fasting for peace in Ukraine.
Your sincerely in Christ
✠ Fintan Gavin
Bishop of Cork and Ross