Texas Catholic Bishops Take Position on War in Ukraine; Prayer service planned in San Angelo

SAN ANGELO — Roman Catholic Diocese of San Angelo, Bishop Michael Sis will hold a mass and prayer service for the end of the war in Ukraine Friday at noon at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart downtown.

The Catholic Conference of Bishops of Texas issued the following statement regarding the war against Ukraine:

“We reaffirm the words of Pope Francis, who has consistently called for an end to the war against Ukraine. It is a “senseless massacre where every day there is a repetition of massacres and atrocities. there is no justification for this!

“Indeed, as our Holy Father declared, war is sacrilege ‘because it goes against the sanctity of human life, especially against defenseless human life, which must be respected and protected, not eliminated’.

“We call on all people of good will to pray that world leaders find an end to the conflict and bring comfort and support to the millions of people who are now refugees.”

The Bishops of Texas join Pope Francis in encouraging everyone to join them on Friday, March 25, the Solemnity of the Annunciation of our Lord Jesus Christ, in making a solemn act of consecration of Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, so that she, the Queen of Peace, may obtain peace for the world.

The bishops also encouraged donations to agencies serving Ukraine and its people. These include:

The Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops is the association of Roman Catholic bishops in Texas. The TCCB represents 15 dioceses and 21 active bishops. Through the TCCB, bishops give a moral and social voice to public policy, accredit Catholic schools in the state, and maintain archives that reflect the work and history of the Catholic Church in Texas.

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