Brussels, the 25th of March 2022

From the start of this war, which is affecting Europe, FAFCE has associated itself with Pope Francis’ appeal for peace. FAFCE also launched a call for donations, to help Ukrainian families fleeing the war as concretely as close as possible, a call that FAFCE reiterates today.

FAFCE President Vincenzo Bassi said: “We thank all those who have already responded to the Pope’s call with their generosity and their prayers. Today we entrust ourselves once again to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, uniting ourselves to the Solemn Act of Consecration of Humanity, and particularly of Russia and Ukraine, which the Holy Father will preside over today in St. Peter’s Basilica at 6:30 p.m., Rome time. All FAFCE member associations are united in this historic moment of prayer. They take it very seriously, as well as their responsibility – as families and networks of families – to be the first welcoming institutions.”

As the Pope said in his letter to the bishops of March 21: “Nearly a month has passed since the outbreak of the war in Ukraine that is daily inflicting immense suffering upon its sorely tried people and threatening world peace. At this dark hour, the Church is urgently called to intercede before the Prince of Peace and to demonstrate her closeness to those directly affected by the conflict.”

Vincenzo Bassi concludes: With our prayer and our action that we are carrying out with our mother the Church, we remain united to our pastors in this solemn act and we pray especially through the intercession of the Virgin of Fatima: Queen of the Human Family, show people the path of fraternity.