Pope sends cardinal to Kyiv to discuss 'just peace' with Ukrainian leadership, Vatican says

Matteo Zuppi
Matteo Zuppi
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The main goal of the visit is to "listen carefully to the Ukrainian authorities on possible ways to achieve a just peace and support humane gestures that help ease tensions."

At the end of May, Pope Francis entrusted a mission to implement his initiative to end Russia's war against Ukraine to a leading Italian cardinal, Matteo Zuppi, who is close to the pontiff.

Earlier, the Catholic portal Il sismografo, which covers the activities of the Vatican, reported that Pope Francis wants to send envoys to Kyiv and Moscow to discuss the possibility of "starting ceasefire negotiations" with Russia.

On May 13, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy met with Pope Francis at the Vatican and requested that the pontiff condemn Russian crimes in Ukraine. The president also outlined Ukraine's peace proposal to the pope and stressed that it represents the only viable framework for achieving a just peace.

During a recent interview, Zelenskyy reiterated that it is impossible to negotiate with Russian dictator Vladimir Putin at the moment as "today he is a terrorist who does not keep his word."

After his visit to Hungary on April 30, Pope Francis announced that the Vatican is taking part in a secret "peace mission" to try and end Russia’s war against Ukraine.

An official close to the Ukrainian President's Office told CNN that Ukraine knows nothing about this "mission."

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