The Vatican Secretary of State reiterates the will of the Holy See to act as a mediator in the negotiations aimed at ending the war in Ukraine.
By Linda Bordoni
Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin reiterated on Sunday that the Holy See is ready to do all it can to help end the war in Ukraine, confirming its readiness to act as a mediator in the talks between Moscow and Kyiv.
Speaking shortly after Pope Francis’ repeated and urgent appeal to end the war “in the name of God”, Cardinal Parolin was interviewed by Italian state television. Recalling his conversation a few days ago with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, the Cardinal explained that while having taken note of the Holy See’s proposal, on the Russian side “there has not been until ‘now no signal’ suggesting that he is inclined to take advantage of the opportunity.
The cardinal also stressed, however, that “it is not important that the offer of the Holy See be accepted. The important thing is that a way is found to put an end to everything that is happening”, and he expressed his hope that the ongoing contacts and other mediations will have a positive result.
On the other hand, Cardinal Parolin said, the Church is doing a lot, recalling the Pope’s repeated calls for peace, prayer initiatives, solidarity and continued contact with the Apostolic Nuncio in Kyiv.
The Cardinal Secretary of State also underlined the importance of the many demonstrations calling for an end to the conflict in Ukraine, recalling that during the Angelus the Pope invited everyone to join “to call for an end to the war”.
signs of hope
Even in Russia, he noted, there are many peace movements, and this is a sign of hope.
Finally, commenting on Pope Francis’ words during this Sunday’s Angelus, Cardinal Parolin said he was impressed not only by the Pope’s words, which were strong and incisive, but also by the way he spoke. revealing the pain he feels.
“It can only be that. We are all saddened and dismayed by this meaningless war.