Pope could meet with Zelensky on Saturday at Vatican

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  1. BrianK

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    Pope could meet with Ukrainian president Zelenskyy on Saturday at Vatican, officials say
    ROME (AP) — Pope Francis could meet Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy at the Vatican this weekend, a Vatican official said Thursday.

    Francis has repeatedly called for an endto Russia’s war in Ukraine and expressed solidarity with the “martyred” Ukrainian people. Recently he revealed a secret peace “mission” was underway but provided no details.

    Word of the possible meeting Saturday in Rome followed news, confirmed last week by Berlin police, that Zelenskyy was expected in Germany starting Saturday evening. Italian media, citing unnamed sources, reported Thursday that Zelenskyy might be in Rome earlier that day to meet with Premier Giorgia Meloni and the pope.

    A Vatican official said a pope-Zelenskyy audience Saturday “is a possibility.” The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the visit was not confirmed.

    On Sunday, Zelenskyy and the people of Ukraine are set to receive the International Charlemagne Prize, awarded annually by the western German city of Aachen for contributions to European unity. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen is scheduled to give the speech honoring Zelenskyy.

    Francis met with Zelensskyy before the war and last month met with the Ukrainian prime minister, who asked the pontiff’s help in mediating the return of Ukrainian children taken to Russia after the Kremlin’s invasion. Francis recently told reporters he thought the Vatican could help, given it’s previous mediation in prisoner swaps.

    On Thursday, Francis bid farewell to the Russian ambassador to the Holy See, Alexander Avdeev, at the end of his seven-year tenure.

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  2. Luan Ribeiro

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    Considering the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Putin on March 17, can he not visit the Vatican as he risks being arrested on Italian territory? So, if Francis receives Zelensky at the Vatican, will the Russian government only be able to accuse the pontiff of breaking neutrality in the conflict if has previously issued an official invitation to visit Moscow?
    Last edited: May 12, 2023
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