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Pope Francis asks Europe to be a bridge for peace in Ukraine

Lisbon, Aug 2 (Prensa Latina) Pope Francis urged Europe to act as a bridge-builder for peace in Ukraine, in statements at the beginning of his five-day visit to Portugal.

Upon his arrival at the military airport of this capital, the Supreme Pontiff was received with the corresponding honors, after which he began his busy agenda, which includes his participation in World Youth Day.

The world needs Europe, the true Europe; it needs its role as a builder of bridges and peace, Francis demanded, in his words before the authorities and the diplomatic corps in the cultural center of Belém.

Shortly before the visitor spoke with the Portuguese president, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, after crossing the city, where he was acclaimed by the locals and pilgrims.

Next Saturday the Pope will make a quick visit to the shrine of Fatima (center), before returning to this capital to participate in a large vigil, and preside the final Mass the following day. Considered the largest international gathering of Catholics, World Youth Day was created in 1986 at the initiative of John Paul II.