Tuesday 29 March 2022
1 – Pope Francis in Ukraine?
2 – Pope can’t go to Ukraine, but Cardinal Koch could, says Swiss Benedictine
3 – The immigrant neighborhood and interfaith friendships that made Pope Francis
4 – A nun, daughter of deaf parents, applauds CODA’s victory as best picture at the Oscars
5 – Time zone difference benefits LA students joining pope’s consecration
Pope Francis in Ukraine?
In an interview with the Italian media Famiglia Cristiana, the apostolic nuncio in Ukraine confides how he is coping with the dark moments that the country he arrived in only last September is facing. “I would never have imagined that it would come to a conflict of this magnitude,” says Visvaldas Kulbokas, a 47-year-old Lithuanian. The papal diplomat who has stayed in Kiev describes the absurdity of the war and calls for prayers for peace. “Prayer is a fundamental spiritual weapon,” he said. Asked about a possible visit of the Pope to Ukraine, he said he had passed on the invitation of the Mayor of Kiev to the Secretariat of State. “It would be beautiful and very significant to have the Pope among us, but I have thought long and hard with the bishops and, unfortunately, it is not at all easy to organize a visit in this situation.” Under the present conditions, such a trip seems impossible for him.
Famiglia Cristiana, Italian
Pope can’t go to Ukraine, but Cardinal Koch could, says Swiss Benedictine
There are many voices calling for Pope Francis to visit war-torn Ukraine. For Father Martin Werlen, the former abbot of the Benedictine monastery in Einsiedeln, such a trip would be counterproductive in that it could provoke Vladimir Putin and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, making the situation worse. In contrast, a trip by Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity, would be feasible, according to the provost of St. Gerold in Vorarlberg, Austria. If the Vatican’s “minister of ecumenism” were to unite his voice with the country’s religious leaders, “this voice would not be ignored in Moscow,” the Swiss monk assures. He also believes that if Kirill condemned the war, Putin would soon be disarmed. “But Kirill let himself be bought by Putin,” says Father Werlen.