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Politics & SocietyVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
Reflecting his profound concern at the danger of an escalation of the war in Ukraine and the potential use of nuclear arms, Pope Francis called today for “an immediate ceasefire” to that war.
Two men shake hands at the United Nations
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Junno Arocho Esteves - Catholic News Service
Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York.
Pope Francis, seated and dressed in red priests clothing, covers his eyes
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Nicole Winfield - Associated Press
Pope Francis told the Russian Orthodox hierarchy and other faith leaders Wednesday that religion must never be used to justify the “evil” of war.
Pope John Paul II greets Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev at the Vatican Nov. 18, 1990.
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Catholic News Service
When Mikhail Gorbachev, who died on Aug. 30, first met with Pope John Paul in December 1989, less than a month after the Berlin Wall’s collapse, the two leaders “understood each other immediately.”
Andrii Yurash, Ukraine's ambassador to the Holy See, is pictured during an interview with Catholic News Service at the Ukrainian Embassy to the Holy See in Rome July 18, 2022.
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Catholic News Service
Although Pope Francis repeatedly has spoken out on behalf of the Ukrainian people, this was not the first time Ukrainian officials have been upset with Pope Francis for what they see as equating the actions of the aggressor with the victim.
Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and Pope Francis pose for photos at the beginning of their meeting at Jose Marti International Airport in Havana.
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Junno Arocho Esteves - Catholic News Service
The pope told the patriarch that “we are not clerics of the state, we cannot use the language of politics, but of Jesus.”