War in Ukraine, from Pope Francis’ Letter to Biden to Seek Peace

War in Ukraine, from Pope Francis’ Letter to Biden to Seek Peace

Cardinal Matteo Zuppi handed Joe Biden a letter from the Pope during his mission to Washington: more than an hour face to face “in an atmosphere of great cordiality and reciprocal listening. During the conversation, full availability was assured to support initiatives in the humanitarian field, in particular for children and the most vulnerable people, both to respond to this urgency and to promote paths of peace”. The announcement was made by the Holy See at the end of the mission of the Archbishop of Bologna and President of the CIS to Washington as the Pope’s envoy for the peace mission for the war in Ukraine. “On the 17th and 19th of July – the Holy See recalls – card. Matteo Zuppi, Envoy of the Holy Father, visited Washington, accompanied by an official from the Secretariat of State, to continue the mission entrusted to him by Pope Francis and, in this context, to meet with the President of the United States, Biden.”

The Vatican goes over the stages of the visit: “On the night of July 17, when he arrived at the Apostolic Nunciature, “Zuppi” had a conversation with Mons. Timothy Broglio, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, during which some reflections were exchanged on the war in Ukraine and on the initiatives of the Holy See in favor of victims and peace. The following morning, in the Rayburn House Office Building, the Vatican Delegation, made up of the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, and Archbishop Séamus Patrick Horgan, Counselor of the Apostolic Nunciature, met with some members of the Commission for Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Commission) of the United States Government, to whom he presented the nature and development of the mission entrusted to him by the Pope, reflecting together on ways to make it more effective”.

«In the afternoon of the same day, the Pontifical Envoy and the other members of the Delegation went to the White House, where they were received by President Biden, to whom Zuppi delivered a letter from the Holy Father, underlining the Pope’s pain for the suffering caused by the war. The meeting, which began a little after 5 pm and lasted over an hour, took place in an atmosphere of great cordiality and reciprocal listening. During the conversation, full availability was assured to support initiatives in the humanitarian field, in particular for children and the most vulnerable people, both to respond to this urgency and to promote paths of peace”. “On the morning of July 19, the Vatican Delegation participated in the Senate Prayer Breakfast, at the headquarters of the United States Congress, during which Cardinal Zuppi had the opportunity to inform the participants about the encounters he had during the various stages of his peacekeeping mission. During the meeting, appreciation was expressed for the efforts of the Holy See and the responsibility of everyone to work for peace was highlighted. After failing in Russia, he is now trying the US route.

Source: IL Tempo

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