Pope Francis is set to send two emissaries to Kiev and Moscow to mediate to end the war in Ukraine, and Cardinal Matteo Zuppi may be responsible for going to the Ukrainian capital, while Archbishop Claudio Gugerotti, Prefect of the Eastern Department. In churches, he would travel to the capital of Russia, various media reported.
This would be the secret mission that Pope Francis mentioned on his return from a trip to Hungary, and about which the Vatican has been keeping the utmost silence to this day.
newspaper The rest of the PugBased in Bologna, it announced this Friday that it will be the city’s archbishop and president of the Italian episcopal conference, Matteo Zuppi, who is responsible for going to Kiev to persuade the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, to accept, at least. , Stop fire.
At the same time, Archbishop Claudio Gugerotti, a great connoisseur of the two countries, will be responsible for communicating to Russian President Vladimir Putin that a truce is now necessary.
Zuppi, the Bologna newspaper notes, has already played this role of mediator in at least two situations: the first dates back to 1990, when he held a dialogue with the community of Sant’Egidio, to which he is very close, the parties that met in Mozambique’s difficult civil war and also mediated the terrorist group ETA with the exponents to supply their arsenal of maps in France.
The newspaper reveals that after his visit to Hungary, the Pope had a long meeting with Zup, where he asked the archbishop of Bologna to play an active role in the mission.
Zelensky’s reply after his visit to the Pope last Saturday that “they didn’t need mediators” led to the idea that the Vatican would give up trying to mediate, although all indications are that these talks will be attempted.
Catholic tion Page Seismograph Blog It was announced on Thursday that the two countries have expressed their willingness to sit down and talk with the Pope’s ambassadors. “At the same time, they asked several important questions: first, they were asked to clarify whether they would be two ambassadors, one for each country, or just one; The parties also requested the names of the ambassadors, which would allow them to create a biographical profile of the Pope’s representatives,” the publication said.
“There is a preliminary agreement on the names of Cardinal Matteo Zuppi in Kiev and Archbishop Claudio Gujerotti in Moscow, but it has not been confirmed that these names are final. Both are still to be confirmed,” he added.
Two of the main doubts of the papal mission are that Kiev does not accept any truce because it considers it a “freeze” (of the military situation) that promotes territorial conquest by Russia, he adds. Seismograph.
The talks also discussed the issue of Ukrainian children deported to Russia, and that Zelensky assured that there could be as many as 200,000 and that this was the only aid the Ukrainian president asked the Pope for.
Source: El Diario