As Russian President Vladimir Putin called up some 300,000 reservists to bolster his war in Ukraine, the Vatican Secretary of State held an impromptu meeting with Putin’s foreign minister.
Vatican Cardinal Pietro Parolin and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met Thursday on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, the annual gathering of world leaders in New York City. The Vatican did not issue a formal statement on the closed door meeting, but Vatican News opened its article about the meeting with a recent quote from Pope Francis, saying world leaders must always engage in dialogue, “because there is always the possibility that in dialogue we can change things.”
Those words, uttered on the Pope’s flight back to Rome from Kazakhstan last week, referred to the Holy See’s diplomatic mission, especially in regards to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
“Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, offered further proof of that guiding principle on Thursday, as he met with Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s Foreign Minister,” Vatican News declared.