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Thursday 19 May 2022
1. Why it is difficult to figure out what the Vatican thinks about Ukraine
2. Toni Servillo plays a Paul VI “between mercy and responsibility”
3. Poland: the question of abuse during the pontificate of John Paul II at the heart of a documentary
4. Discomfort over the issue of assisted suicide in the Church of Germany
5. The beautiful story behind the miracle of the beatification of John Paul I
Why it is difficult to figure out what the Vatican thinks about Ukraine
While the Pope has made numerous statements denouncing the deadly conflict in Ukraine, some aspects of papal diplomacy have raised questions among Vatican experts. For example, John Allen sets out a number of questions that remain more or less unanswered. “Does the Vatican support the aggressive economic sanctions imposed by most Western states on Russia?”; “Does the Vatican agree with the diagnosis of the Russian Orthodox Church that Putin is a defender of traditional Christian values, both at home and abroad?”; “What does the Vatican think about the expansion of NATO, especially the requests by Finland and Sweden to join immediately?”; etc. According to Crux, a few hypotheses can explain the vagueness maintained by the Vatican. First, Pope Francis is not a European pontiff and thus resists “being identified too closely with Western policies.” Secondly, the Pope probably wants to remain cautious in an attempt to preserve the ecumenical relations he has established with Moscow. While the Orthodox world is being torn apart, Francis would not want to become a full-fledged actor in this internal conflict.