: ABC News: Pope recalls Chornobyl and 'forgotten' conflict in Ukraine

16:14 Apr. 20, 2016

ABC News: Pope recalls Chornobyl and 'forgotten' conflict in Ukraine

Pope Francis during a meeting with President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko in Vatican on November 20, 2015. (Photo UNIAN)

Pope Francis draws attention to conflict in the eastern Ukraine

Pope Francis is calling attention to the suffering in Ukraine caused by what he terms the "forgotten" armed conflict between government forces and Russian-backed rebels, according to the ABC News.

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At his weekly audience Wednesday, Francis also renewed his call for generous contributions at Catholic churches in Europe on April 24 to help relieve the humanitarian emergency in Ukraine.

Greeting people from Ukraine and Belarus who attended, Francis also recalled this month's 30th anniversary of the nuclear accident at the Chornobyl power plant in Ukraine.

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He expressed gratitude to rescuers who helped after the accident and praised initiatives aimed at alleviating the suffering and damage.

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