The Pope Francisco received today in audience the ambassador of Ukraine before the Holy SeeAndrii Yurash, while in the Vatican they are studying a possible trip to Kyiv of the pontiff to ask for the end of the war due to the Russian invasion.
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The Vatican limited itself to confirming the meeting with the diplomat in a minimal statement without offering details about what was discussed, as he usually does in this type of diplomatic meeting.
The secretary for Relations with States, Monsignor Richard Gallagher, the Vatican “Foreign Minister” recently explained that this meeting would discuss the possibility that Francisco travel to Kyiv during the Russian invasion.
The Argentine pontiff has always been very concerned about the situation of Ukraineinvaded by Russia since February 24, and has spared no appeals for peace is negotiated and in offers of mediation to end the conflict.
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During the press conference on the papal plane back from Canadalast July 30, Francisco reiterated his desire to go to kyiv: “We’ll see what I find when I get home”he said, referring to the preparations of the Vatican diplomacy for this possible trip.
Yesterday, Friday, the pontiff received in audience the new head of Foreign Affairs of the Moscow Patriarchatethe metropolitan Antonij di Volokolamsk, representative of the patriarch Kirillwhich has always justified and encouraged the invasion of Ukraine.
Francis and Kiril took a step towards understanding on February 12, 2016, embracing in Havanain the first meeting between both leaders of these two churches in almost a millennium, since the great schism of the year 1054.
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However, they have not hidden their differences in relation to the invasion of Ukraine and last March, in a distant conversation, Francisco reproached him that wars are always unjust.
“Wars are always unjust because who pays them is the people of God. Our hearts cannot help crying before children, murdered women, before all the victims of war. War is never the wayargued the pope before the patriarch, known support of the Russian president, Vladimir Putin.
Francis, with some knee problems that often force him to use a wheelchair, has confirmed an apostolic trip to Kazakhstan from September 13 to 15 to participate in the VIII World Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions.
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Both religious leaders could coincide in this event, according to some specialized media, although this possibility it has not yet been confirmed either by the Vatican or by Moscow.
In the official agenda of the pontiff in Kazakhstan a space has been reserved at noon on September 14 to “private meetings with some religious leaders”without providing further details.