Pope Francis broke diplomatic protocol and went to the Russian Embassy on Fri., Feb. 25 to show his concern about recent events in Ukraine.
Russian missiles attacked the country, leaving more than 130 dead and troops already occupying major cities and important sites.
The tense situation could generate even more conflicts across Europe.
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Arriving in a simple car around noon local time, the Holy Father remained at the Embassy for about 30 minutes to speak with Ambassador Aleksandr Avdeyev.
He expressed his “great concern about the war”. Vatican Press office director Matteo Bruni confirmed the information.
Other news agencies around the world also reported that Pope Francis offered to personally mediate the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
However, Russian news agency TASS reported that Ambassador Avdeyev declined the proposal.
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During his Wed., Feb. 23 general audience, the Pope requested a world day of fasting and prayer on Ash Wednesday (March 2), and to remain in prayer so that “the Queen of Peace preserves the world from the madness of war”.
“My heart aches greatly at the worsening situation in eastern Ukraine.,” Pope Francis said.
“Like me, many people all over the world are feeling anguish and concern. “Once again the peace of all is threatened by partisan interests.
“I would like to appeal to those with political responsibility to examine their consciences seriously before God, who is the God of peace and not of war; who is the Father of all, not just of some, who wants us to be brothers and not enemies.”
Let us pray for peace in Ukraine!
Victoria is a journalist and the assistant editor at ChurchPOP Português. She loves movies, books, music, theology, politics and... pizza. She writes about random stuff, to match her personal preferences.
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