Tuesday 19 April 2022
1. A Ukrainian mayor describes his detention by the Russians and his appeal to Pope Francis
2. Persistent faith among indigenous people in Canada
3. Church in Germany responds to accusations of schism
4. On Good Friday, Francis opts for graciousness as geopolitical strategy
5. “What the Russians are doing in Ukraine, China could do to us,” warns a Filipino bishop
A Ukrainian mayor describes his detention by the Russians and his appeal to Pope Francis
Ivan Fedorov, the mayor of Melitopol, who was kidnapped by Russian forces for nearly a week, was in Rome to testify about the dramatic situation in which his city now finds itself, but also about the inhumane conditions he endured during his captivity before he was freed in a hostage exchange. During his stay in Rome, the Ukrainian leader was able to meet and talk with Pope Francis before the Easter Vigil. He asked him to intercede with Vladimir Putin to guarantee humanitarian corridors in Mariupol. He also renewed the government’s invitation to the Pontiff to visit Ukraine, saying he might be able to “stop this war.” Two days later, another Ukrainian official, Major Serhiy Volyna – a Ukrainian marine in Mariupol – asked Pope Francis for help in saving the women, children, and wounded who are still in the city.