17 March 2022, Siret, Romania: A young boy chases a pigeon at the Vama Siret border crossing, Romania. Located north of Siret and further in the south the city of Suceava, the crossing connects Romania with the Ukrainian village of Terebleche and further north the city of Chernivtsi. Following the Russia's invasion of Ukraine starting on 24 February 2022, more than two million refugees have fled across the Ukrainian border into Romania. According to the UNHCR, more than 8 million refugees from Ukraine have fled the war across Europe by February 2023.


The message also notes that the war in Ukraine has entered its second year while, simultaneously, escalating violence in Palestine, continuing military exercises threatening peace on the Korean Peninsula, state violence in Myanmar, a fragile situation in Ethiopia, and war in several other parts of the world threaten peace.

Last year, the Conference of European Churches, Baptist World Alliance, Lutheran World Federation, Mennonite World Conference, World Methodist Council, and World Communion of Reformed Churches organized an online global peace prayer attended by more than 5,000 people from 150 countries.

This year, these Christian world communions, along with the World Council of Churches, will be organizing a Global Peace Prayer on 22 March.

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