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Inside the VaticanMarch 17, 2022
Pope Francis and Swiss Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, are pictured during a video meeting with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of external relations for the Russian Orthodox Church, March 16, 2022. (CNS photo/courtesy Russian Orthodox Church)

As Russian airstrikes on Ukraine continue and its ground efforts meet fierce resistance from the Ukrainian army, the Vatican is stepping up its efforts for peace.

On this episode of “Inside the Vatican,” veteran Vatican correspondent Gerard O’Connell and host Colleen Dulle discuss Pope Francis’ latest moves, including Vatican secretary of state Cardinal Pietro Parolin’s call with the Russian foreign minister, Cardinals Michael Czerny and Konrad Krajewski’s mission to Ukrainian refugees, the pope’s call to “Stop this massacre,” and the chance of a papal visit to Kyiv.

Amid all these efforts, Colleen asks Gerry: Is the diplomatic solution the Vatican is advocating really possible?

In the second part of the show, Gerry tells the story of Sr. Lucia Caram, the heroic nun who drove 4,000 miles to Ukraine and back to rescue six Ukrainian refugees.

Find the latest updates on the Vatican’s anti-war efforts at https://www.americamagazine.org/topic/ukraine.

Links from the show:

Cardinal Krajewski in Ukraine: ‘Faith can move mountains, not to mention a stupid war.’

Meet Sister Lucía Caram, the nun who drove 4,000 miles in a weekend to save Ukrainian refugees

Inside Cardinal Czerny’s visit to Ukraine

Cardinal Parolin calls for an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine: ‘Peace is not a utopia.’

Pope Francis on Ukraine: ‘Stop this massacre’

Ukraine mayor invites Pope Francis to visit Kyiv, asking ‘the world’s spiritual leaders to take a stand’

Read: Pope Francis prays for Ukraine

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