Podcast: If Russia isn’t listening, do Pope Francis’ calls for peace in Ukraine matter?
Catholics worldwide celebrated Holy Week as the latest Russian offensive began in Ukraine. In this episode of "Inside the Vatican," host Colleen Dulle and veteran Vatican correspondent Gerard O’Connell examine how the war was addressed in the Vatican’s Holy Week services.
Gerry and Colleen explain the controversy that led to one of the Stations of the Cross reflections, which was co-written by a Russian and Ukrainian woman, being changed before the service. They also review how the pope’s physical health looked, after the pope did not celebrate the Easter Vigil as was scheduled.
In the second half of the show, Colleen and Gerry turn to Vatican diplomacy, giving an overview of what diplomatic and religious relationships the Vatican has to keep in mind as it weighs its response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the possibility of a papal visit to Kyiv.
“If Russia isn't listening,” Colleen asks, “Does the Pope delivering this peace message matter?”
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