Pope prays for dialogue, peace in violence-hit Ukraine

January 26, 2014 12:01 PM

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ROME (AFP) - Pope Francis prayed on Sunday for an end to violence in Kiev, calling for dialogue between the Ukraine government and opposition amid fears fierce protests could develop into a wider civil conflict.

"I hope for constructive dialogue between the institutions and civil society, and that - without recourse to violent action - the spirit of peace and the search for common good may prevail in the hearts of all," he told crowds gathered in St. Peter's Square for the Angelus prayers.

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