Pope Francis has greeted the overseas envoy of the Russian Orthodox Church on the Vatican
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Wednesday greeted the overseas envoy of the Russian Orthodox Church, simply days after revealing a secret “mission” was below method to attempt to put an finish to the warfare in Ukraine.
Metropolitan Anthony attended Francis’ weekly basic viewers in St. Peter’s Sq. after which greeted Francis on the finish. He offered the pope with an icon, which Francis blessed. Anthony was later seen being led off the stage by one among Francis’ aides.
Francis devoted his remarks on the viewers to a recap of his weekend go to to Hungary, throughout which he made repeated requires an finish to the warfare. Whereas in Budapest, he met with Metropolitan Hilarion, Anthony’s predecessor because the overseas envoy of Patriarch Kirill, the pinnacle of the Russian church who has strongly supported the Kremlin’s warfare and justified it on non secular grounds.
Throughout a press convention en route residence, Francis praised each Hilarion and Anthony as educated and his fundamental conduits to succeed in Kirill. He was requested if Hilarion and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who has maintained relations with Moscow, might facilitate a mediation to the warfare.
“You possibly can think about that on this assembly we didn’t solely speak about Little Purple Using Hood, proper?” Francis replied.
He repeated his willingness to do no matter it takes to finish the warfare. “Additionally, there’s a mission occurring now, however it isn’t public but. Let’s see how … When it’s public I’ll speak about it,” he stated.
The Vatican has a convention of diplomatic neutrality and dealing behind the scenes to finish conflicts. Final week, earlier than Francis went to Hungary, Ukraine’s prime minister referred to as on the pontiff and requested his assist in explicit to assist facilitate the return of Ukrainian kids taken to Russia.