Prayers for American Troops and Families in Europe – Catholic Philly
WASHINGTON (CNS) – Amid pastoral visits to Wyoming and Colorado, Bishop Timothy P. Broglio of the U.S. Archdiocese for Military Services urged fellow bishops to “be sensitive” to the families of U.S. military personnel recently deployed in Europe.
“I can sense the tension and uncertainty” among the families, he said in a March 1 statement from the Washington-based archdiocese.
“The world watches in horror as one European nation invades another and we cry out: When will the madness end? In the Archdiocese of Military Services, United States, the concern is immediate,” he said of the families of those deployed.
Since early February, the Pentagon has deployed 14,000 U.S. troops, mostly to Lithuania, Poland and Romania in response to Russia’s buildup of military forces and the possible February 24 invasion of Ukraine.
No US forces have been sent to Ukraine, and President Joe Biden has said there are no plans for US personnel or NATO allies to enter the war that has claimed the lives of at least 200 Ukrainians, injured hundreds and sent 600,000 people to neighboring countries.
Many soldiers are active in civil parishes and schools, Bishop Broglio said, adding, “They need support, interest and solicitude in prayer.”
The Archbishop also acknowledged the need to pray for peace “for an end to the aggression against the good people of Ukraine.”
“I can’t help but remember the many Catholics in the Ukrainian eparchies in our country who must have families and friends now caught up in a senseless war,” he said.
“May Our Lady of Peace intercede for us! concludes the statement.