Pope Francis mentioned on Saturday that he was contemplating a visit to the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv.
Requested by a reporter on the aircraft taking him from Rome to Malta if he was contemplating an invite made by Ukrainian political and non secular authorities, Francis answered: “Sure, it’s on the desk.” He gave no additional particulars.
Francis has been invited by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko, Main Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of Ukraine’s Byzantine-rite Catholic Church and Ukraine’s ambassador to the Vatican, Andriy Yurash.
He has spoken on the telephone with Zelensky and Shevchuk.
For the reason that invasion, which Russia calls a “particular navy operation” to demilitarize Ukraine, the Pope has strongly condemned what he has known as an “unjustified aggression” and denounced “atrocities.”
However he has solely referred to Russia immediately in prayers, similar to throughout a particular world occasion for peace on March 25.