The Vatican is ready to mediate in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine –

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Vatican Foreign Minister Cardinal Pietro Parolin assured that the Vatican is “ready to facilitate negotiations between Russia and Ukraine” following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The Vatican’s proposal was made a few hours before the first interparty talks in Belarus began Monday.

“The Vatican, which has followed the events in Ukraine with great caution in recent years, is always ready to help the parties return to the path of dialogue by proposing its presence to facilitate dialogue with Russia,” it said. he. Number two in the Vatican in an interview for four Italian newspapers (Il Corriere della Sera, La Repubblica, La Stampa and Il Messaggero). The 67-year-old cardinal, a senior diplomat, admitted that the spread of the conflict would be a colossal disaster, a scenario with no way out. “It is necessary to prevent escalation, stop conflict and negotiate,” said Parolin, who has been in office since 2013.

“The possible turn of a new cold war involving two opposing blocs is also an alarming scenario. “It goes against the culture of brotherhood that Pope Francis has proposed as the only way to build a just, supportive and peaceful world.”

“I am convinced that there is always room for negotiation. It’s never too late! “Because, as Pope Francis never tires of repeating, the only reasonable and constructive way to resolve disagreements is through dialogue.”

The pope called for a ceasefire in Ukraine on Sunday and also called for the urgent opening of humanitarian corridors for refugees fleeing the Russian occupation. Pope Francis visited the Russian embassy in the Vatican on Friday to express his concern over the war in Ukraine, despite an unusual gesture that canceled several engagements due to severe knee pain.

Meanwhile, the Mexican Catholic Church urged its congregation to pray for peace in Ukraine, which was occupied by Russia this week.

“We would like to call on all believers to unite in prayer for peace in Ukraine,” said the editorial of the institution’s weekly “From the Faith”.

The Church thought that prayer was the most powerful act of love believers could do, and that it was a true revolution that changed the world. He pointed out that the armed conflict endangered the weak stability on the European continent and with it the whole world. He recalled that Pope Francis spared no expense before or after Russia’s military use in Ukraine, calling on several occasions for the exhaustion of all diplomatic resources to avoid bloodshed.

500 thousand Ukrainians fled the occupation

Thousands of Ukrainians continue to flee to their neighbors to the south and west, and Poland has been the main recipient of more than 500,000 refugees counted by the United Nations since the Russian invasion that began last Thursday.

“More than 500,000 refugees have fled Ukraine to neighboring countries,” said Filippo Grandi, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, 132,000 more than the previous figure. More than half of these refugees came to Poland. In the city of Przemysl, on the border with Ukraine, trains chartered by the Polish government depart from Kiev, full of people, mostly women and children.

A Polish soldier explains that the flow of people is incessant. Across the country we have care centers for these refugees, both local authorities and individuals, in a huge wave of solidarity. The Polish railway network will carry refugees free of charge, most of whom have relatives or friends in Poland. The German train company Deutsche Bahn will allow free travel from Poland to any destination in the country from Sunday. EFE

Source: Ulti Mahora