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Pope Francis gives young Ukrainian refugees a ride on the Popemobile

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Posted at 12:55 PM, Jun 22, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-22 16:01:51-04

Pope Francis gave a ride on his Popemobile Wednesday for young Ukrainian refugees living in Rome.

Three children participated in the ride at St. Peter’s Square.

Video provided by the Vatican showed thousands of people cheering as the Pope and children drove around St. Peter’s Square.

“Sadly, at this moment Europe, and especially families in Europe, are undergoing tragic and dramatic experiences as a result of the war in Ukraine,” Pope Francis said. “Mothers and fathers, regardless of their nationality, do not want war. The family is the school of peace. Indeed, families and family networks have been and continue to be at the forefront of welcoming refugees, particularly in Lithuania, Poland and Hungary.”

The Pope has expressed a desire to visit Ukraine but wants to go at “the right time.”