Pope hopes dialogue can prevail in Ukraine

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Associated Press

Posted on March 2, 2014 at 9:01 AM

Updated Sunday, Mar 2 at 12:04 PM

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is urging world leaders to promote dialogue as a way of resolving the crisis in Ukraine.

Speaking to thousands of people in St. Peter's Square during his traditional Sunday midday appearance, he said: "I am making a heartfelt appeal to the international community: support every initiative for dialogue and harmony."

Francis urged all segments of Ukrainian society to work together to overcome their misunderstandings and build a future together.

Russian forces have effectively seized control of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula after months of anti-government protests drove its pro-Moscow president out of the country.

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