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Pope Francis: Vatican participates in peace process to end war in Ukraine

Muhammad Jamal wrote

Monday, May 01, 2023 12:02 AM

Sky News reported that Pope Francis said the Vatican was involved in a peace process to try to end the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, but declined to give further details.

“I am ready to make every effort,” the Pope told reporters on his flight home from a three-day trip to Hungary.“.

Among the most important are the Vatican’s papal statements on peace work:

I think peace is always achieved by opening channels, you can never achieve peace by closing them. It’s not easy.

Pope Francis said he spoke with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Archbishop Hilarion, representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Budapest, about the situation in Ukraine..

We talked about all kinds of things in these meetings. All are interested in the path to peace.

Francis has been calling for peace almost weekly since Russia began its military operation in Ukraine in February 2022, and he has repeatedly expressed his desire to play a mediating role between Kiev and Moscow, and his proposal has yet to make any headway..

Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said he met the pope at the Vatican and discussed a “formula for peace” put forward by President Volodymyr Zelensky, and invited the pope to visit Kiev..

The Pope had previously said he wanted to visit Kiev and Moscow as part of the peace mission.

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