Today, Russian President Putin will meet Pope Francis in the Vatican City. (La Stampa)
Pope Francis has refrained from publicly condemning Russia’s actions in Ukraine despite complaints from Ukraine’s Greek Catholic minority but he has expressed concern at “a war between Christians” and called for an agreed ceasefire to be observed by both sides. (Newsweek, Corriere della Sera)
“The Pope is a great peace maker and His contribution is precious to encourage dialogue between the parties of a conflict at the heart of Europe. I am confident that His Holiness would consider to also listen to the voice of the people of Ukraine”, Member of the European Parliament Anna Maria Corazza Bildt told to The European Post. The Italian-Swedish EPP MEP is on the list of Europeans banned from Russia.
“I trust that His Holiness would favour a cease fire, progress in the Minsk peace agreement and respect of international law. I also hope that the Pope, who is always close to the people who suffer, will call for access for humanitarian aid to the civilian population in East Ukraine.
According to the European Union, there are 1.2 million internally displaced people, 800.000 refugees and 3.2 million people in Ukraine in need of humanitarian aid. Our Pope will, without any doubt be concerned about an exodus in Europe of the magnitude of the war in Bosnia”- Corazza Bildt concluded.