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Ole Jakob Løland is a postdoctoral researcher at the Theological Faculty, University of Oslo.
Pope Francis meets refugees from Ukraine during his general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican on March 30, 2022.  (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Gregory M. ReichbergOle Jakob Løland
By tempering his rhetoric on Ukraine, the pope is protecting his role as a peacemaker. He is also downplaying any conflict between Western Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches.