Archbishop Nelson Perez asked for peace during prayers at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.
“I was talking to my sister this morning, and in the background I heard sirens sounding, and especially the children are very, very scared,” said Christina Szymanski, a native of Poland but now living in Mount Laurel, New York. Jersey.
She says women and children are fleeing Ukraine to Poland, while men are forced to stay.
Tatiana Ednak is one of those women who left Ukraine via Poland earlier this week.
“I was supposed to take off on Thursday, but everything was canceled. We tried to leave and everything was blocked. I saw military equipment on the road, and it was so scary, ”said However from the Huntingdon Valley.
For the past two weeks, however, she has been in Ukraine for her father’s funeral, and she has watched the war and attacks in her home country.
When she returned home, she immediately headed to the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Jenkintown to join her community for Mass to pray for her family, who are still in Ukraine.
“With nothing in hand, they are ready to fight,” she said.
“Now the whole of Ukraine is on fire. We know who the enemy is, and we pray, we pray, we pray for the people of Ukraine, ”said Artur Martynenko from Northeast Philadelphia.
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