Columbus Catholics Participate in Pope’s Mass for Russia and Ukraine

Bishops from around the world will gather at noon on Friday to celebrate a Mass to consecrate Russia and Ukraine.

In central Ohio, Mass will be held at St. Joseph’s Cathedral downtown and will be celebrated by Bishop Stephan J. Moloney, who is the diocesan administrator of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Columbus until the next bishop of Columbus be appointed.

All are invited to attend Friday Mass at the Cathedral, which is part of the Pope’s worldwide appeal for the consecration of Ukraine and Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

At the same time, Pope Francis will host a penitential prayer service in St. Peter’s Basilica.

St. Joseph's Cathedral (center right) at 212 E. Broad St. is where a mass to consecrate Russia and Ukraine will be held Friday noon.

The consecration is meant to be a response by the Church and its people around the world to the pain and suffering of those caught up in war, especially at this time in Ukraine, Deacon Thomas Berg said. Chancellor of the Diocese of Columbus.

“This is a global, universal prayer and plea for an end to violence,” Berg said. “Pope Francis has asked all of us in the Church to unite at the same time on Friday to entrust the world and the whole human family to Mary, the Queen of Peace, who unites her heart with ours in this hope that he will be The peace of God who rules the world rather than fear, hatred and violence.”

The pope has previously called on the entire Catholic Church to increase prayers for peace and previously called for a day of prayer and fasting for peace in Ukraine on Ash Wednesday.

The Diocese of Columbus is happily participating, Berg said.

“Praying for and fostering peace is always the right thing to do, especially at this time in history,” he said.

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