Ukraine reassures Pope Francis will visit Kiev before 13 September

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Zelensky’s Ambassador to the Vatican stated that the Pope will travel to Ukrainian territory before leaving for Kazakhstan. The Vatican has not yet confirmed the information.

Pope Francis is leaving after his weekly general audience meeting at the Vatican on August 3, 2022.  REUTERS/Remo Casilli
Pope Francis is leaving after his weekly general audience meeting at the Vatican on August 3, 2022. REUTERS/Remo Casilli

this Pope Francisco visit Kyiv Before traveling to Kazakhstan on September 13today the ambassador assured Ukraine In the presence of the Holy See, Andri Yuras After a meeting with the Pope in the Vatican.

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The Papacy has yet to confirm this possibility.

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“Ukraine has been waiting for the Pope for many years, and especially since the beginning of the war, and will be happy to greet him before his visit to Kazakhstan.” The diplomat posted it on his Twitter profile along with some photos of the meeting.

File Image: Pope Francis and Ukraine's Ambassador to the Vatican Andriy Yurash pose during a special audience at the Vatican on April 7, 2022.  Statement via Vatican Media/REUTERS
File Image: Pope Francis and Ukraine’s Ambassador to the Vatican Andriy Yurash pose during a special audience at the Vatican on April 7, 2022. Statement via Vatican Media/REUTERS
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Francis VIII from September 13-15.

During the interview, he explained that Francis had told him “I want to express my closeness with my visit” to Ukraine.

Clerics raise the Ukrainian flag as Pope Francis celebrates his weekly general address at the Vatican on August 3, 2022.  REUTERS/Remo Casilli
Clergy hold a Ukrainian flag as Pope Francis celebrates his weekly general address at the Vatican on August 3, 2022. REUTERS/Remo Casilli

At a press conference on the papal flight back from Canada on July 30, Francis reiterated his willingness to travel to Kiev: “We’ll see what I find when I get home,” he said, referring to Vatican preparations. diplomacy for this possible journey

Yesterday, on Friday, the pope received in the audience the new head of Foreign Affairs of the Moscow Patriarchate, Metropolitan Antonij di Volokolamsk, the representative of Patriarch Kirill, who always justified and encouraged the invasion of Ukraine.

Pope Francis met with Bishop Anthony, the second most powerful leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, ahead of his meeting with Patriarch Kirill next month.  Statement via Vatican Media/REUTERS
Pope Francis met with Bishop Anthony, the second most powerful leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, ahead of his meeting with Patriarch Kirill next month. Statement via Vatican Media/REUTERS

Francisco and Kirill embraced in Havana on February 12, 2016, taking a step towards understanding in the first meeting of the two leaders of these two churches in almost a millennium since the Great Split of 1054.

However, they did not hide their differences regarding the invasion of Ukraine, and in a video conference last March, Francisco accused him of the fact that wars are always unfair.

“Wars are always unjust because it is God’s people who pay the price. Our hearts cannot help crying in front of children, murdered women, and all war victims. In the presence of the patriarch, a known supporter of Russian President Vladimir Putin, war is never the way,” the Pope said.

The Argentine pope has always been very worried about the situation in Ukraine, which has been occupied by Russia since February 24, and did not shy away from any peace talks and offers of mediation to end the conflict.  REUTERS/Carlos Osorio
The Argentine pope has always been very worried about the situation in Ukraine, which has been occupied by Russia since February 24, and did not shy away from any peace talks and offers of mediation to end the conflict. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio

With some knee problems forcing him to use a wheelchair, Francis decided to approve this apostolic trip to Kazakhstan.

According to some expert media, both religious leaders may coincide in this event, but this possibility has not yet been confirmed by the Vatican or Moscow.

A spot on the Pope’s official agenda in Kazakhstan was reserved for “private meetings with certain religious leaders” at noon on September 14, without further details.

(with information from EFE)

Source: Info Bae

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