In St. Peter’s Square and at the end of Sunday prayer of the Regina Coeli, which replaces the Angelus in the Easter period, Pope Francis expressed this May 12, 2024, his wish that there could be an exchange of prisoners between Russia and Ukraine.

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“Dear brothers and sisters, as we celebrate the Ascension of the Lord that makes us free, I renew my call for a general exchange of all prisoners between Russia and Ukraine,” said Pope Francis.

The pontiff assured “the availability of the Holy See to favor any effort aimed at this, especially for those seriously injured and sick”he added.

“And let us continue to pray for peace, whether in Ukraine, in Palestine, in Israel, in Myanmar (Burma), let us pray for peace,” he concluded.

The Pope already asked on March 31, on Easter Sunday and during his Easter message “a general exchange of all prisoners between Russia and Ukraine.”

Shortly after the start of the war, Francis appointed the Italian Cardinal Matteo Zuppi to take charge of a primarily humanitarian mediation mission, with the aim of getting the Ukrainian children deported to Russia to return to their country. but at the moment there have been no results.

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