“Our hearts are torn by the words of the pope”


Rome. – Towards papal diplomacy war in ukraine He had a setback this week who must bear the consequences. Volodymyr Zelensky’s government summons Vatican ambassador to file complaint Francis’ comment about the death of Nationalist deer Daria Dugina, While the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine raised the voice of complaint.

“The Ukrainian heart is torn by the words of the Pope”, The Ukrainian Foreign Minister said: Dimitro KulebaExplaining to reporters in Kyiv why he called the Vatican Nuncio (Ambassador) to the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry. “It was unfair”, He said Wednesday, referring to what Francis said during his general audience.

,Ukraine is very disappointed words of the pontiff, which Incorrectly comparing attacker and victim, At the same time, the death of a Russian citizen on the territory of Russia, with which Ukraine has nothing to do, is due to the decision of Pope Francis to mention it in the context of the Russian war -Ukrainian,” Kuleba said. Nuncio Kyiv, Monsignor. Visvaldas Kulbokas, reported the Ukrainian Embassy to the Holy See.

Pope Francis at the end of his audience with the altar boys of FranceAndrew Medichini – ep

The Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs also drew the attention of the Apostolic Nuncio to the fact that “since the beginning of the large-scale invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Federation, The Pontiff never paid particular attention to the specific victims of war, Among them, 376 Ukrainian children were killed by the Russian occupiers.

“The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry expressed the hope that in the future Holy See avoids inappropriate statements that disillusion Ukrainian society“, said the embassy.

On Wednesday, six months after Independence Day and the invasion of Ukraine, Francis spoke murder of daria dugina, nationalist commentator on Russian television and daughter of Russian ideologist Alexander Dugin, close to Vladimir Putin. the pope was involved “poor daughter” Moscow is murdered by a car bomb, as well as orphans from Ukraine and Russia, among the “innocent” victims of the “madness of war”.

Russia has blamed Ukraine’s intelligence agency for the attack, which Ukraine has denied.

The first to react to these remarks on Wednesday was the Ukrainian ambassador to the Vatican, Andrey Yurash. In a tweet, he said the Pope’s words were: “dark”. “How is it possible to quote one of the thinkers of imperialism? [ruso] As an innocent victim? He was killed by the Russians,” he said.

Francis criticized the war in Ukraine, but tried to keep the door open to talks with Moscow, Refrain from condemning Russia, President Vladimir Putin, or the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, by name. His approach in Kyiv has not been good, but he is following the Vatican’s diplomatic tradition of not taking sides in the conflict.

during this time, Patriarch Cyril According to his envoy abroad, Metropolitan Anthony of Volokolamsk, his attendance on Thursday was canceled at an interfaith meeting in Kazakhstan next month, where he was to meet Francis.

Kirill justified the Russian invasion of Ukraine on spiritual and ideological grounds, calling it a “spiritual” fight against the West. He blessed Russian soldiers to go to war and invoked the idea that Russians and Ukrainians are one person.

Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Cyril after signing a manifesto in Cuba in 2016

Francis confirmed last month that he would meet Kirill at the Kazakhstan meeting, the second meeting between a pope and a Russian chancellor. The first was in 2016 and the second was scheduled for June, but was postponed due to the diplomatic consequences of the war.

Associated Press and ANSA agencies


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