Pope's envoy to visit Moscow on "peace mission"

07 June 12:14
Cardinal Matteo Zuppi, the Pope's special envoy. Photo: vaticannews.va Cardinal Matteo Zuppi, the Pope's special envoy. Photo: vaticannews.va

The date of the Vatican representative's visit to Russia is not yet known, his meeting with Putin is not scheduled in the near future.

The Pope’s special envoy, Cardinal Matteo Zuppi, with a "peacekeeping mission" is ready to be received in Moscow. Archbishop Paolo Pezzi, head of the Russian Catholic Bishops' Conference, told the Corriere della Sera resource.

"In such a stagnant situation, the fact that the Pope's envoy went to Ukraine and received an 'ok' from the Kremlin to come to Moscow, although I don't know when – is a sign that in itself cannot be underestimated," he said.

At the same time, the Kremlin said that a meeting between the Vatican representative and Vladimir Putin was not planned in the near future, reports radiosvoboda.org.

As reported, Matteo Zuppi was in Ukraine on June 5 and 6 and met with President Volodymyr Zelensky, who urged the Vatican "to contribute to the implementation of the Ukrainian peace plan".

According to vaticannews.va, within the framework of the visit, the cardinal also visited the site of the mass grave of the dead residents of Bucha, prayed at the St Sophia Cathedral, met representatives of the All-Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organizations and with the Ukrainian parliamentary Commissioner for human rights, Dmytro Lubinets.

Earlier, Pope Francis said that the Vatican's "peacekeeping mission" could "put an end to the Russian-Ukrainian conflict".

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