Today we are celebrating Victory in Europe Day (VE Day). Some 75 million people died in World War II, including about 20 million military personnel and 40 million civilians, many of whom died because of deliberate genocide, massacres, mass-bombings, disease, and starvation. It is right to remember the end of five years of fighting and killing.
Let us today remember all those who died to bring freedom and pray that we will actively work for a true and lasting peace.
We join with Pope Francis in saying his prayer for May:
‘Mary Most Holy, stir our consciences, so that the enormous funds invested in developing and stockpiling arms will instead be spent on promoting effective research on how to prevent similar tragedies from occurring in the future.
Support national leaders, that with wisdom, solicitude and generosity they may come to the aid of those lacking the basic necessities of life and may devise social and economic solutions inspired by farsightedness and solidarity.’