(LibertySociety.com) – On March 22, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy tweeted that he spoke to His Holiness Pope Francis, saying he would appreciate the Holy See in a “mediating role” for peace. The pope recently spoke out against Russia, calling the conflict a “senseless massacre” and calling for a cease to the invasion. He said there was no justification for the country’s invasion of Ukraine and told a crowd of around 30,000 people the international community needed to end the war.
Zelenskyy informed the pope about the humanitarian issues facing those who remain in Ukraine and the desperate people attempting to flee to other countries. He said Russian troops are blocking rescue corridors, preventing individuals and families from escaping the ongoing war.
Talked to @Pontifex. Told His Holiness about the difficult humanitarian situation and the blocking of rescue corridors by Russian troops. The mediating role of the Holy See in ending human suffering would be appreciated. Thanked for the prayers for Ukraine and peace. pic.twitter.com/wj4hmrTRGd
— Володимир Зеленський (@ZelenskyyUa) March 22, 2022
Although Russia denied targeting civilians, the pope spoke about visiting some of the wounded children under treatment in Rome. He also talked about trafficking dangers for refugees seeking shelter in neighboring countries.
Given Pope Francis’ views on the war and his call for peace between the two nations, Zelenskyy hopes he will use his position to assist in ending the Russian invasion. There’s no word yet whether the pope will honor the Ukrainian president’s request and help during negotiations.
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