Pope greets Russian Orthodox envoy amid peace mission discuss Lalrp


VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Wednesday greeted the overseas envoy of the Russian Orthodox Church, simply days after revealing a secret “mission” was below solution to attempt to put an finish to the struggle in Ukraine.

Metropolitan Anthony attended Francis’ weekly basic viewers in St. Peter’s Sq. after which greeted Francis on the finish. He offered the pope with an icon, which Francis blessed. Anthony was later seen being led off the stage by one in every of Francis’ aides.

Francis devoted his remarks on the viewers to a recap of his weekend go to to Hungary, throughout which he made repeated requires an finish to the struggle. Whereas in Budapest, he met with Metropolitan Hilarion, Anthony’s predecessor because the overseas envoy of Patriarch Kirill, the pinnacle of the Russian church who has strongly supported the Kremlin’s struggle and justified it on spiritual grounds.

Throughout a press convention en route dwelling, Francis praised each Hilarion and Anthony as educated and his primary conduits to succeed in Kirill. He was requested if Hilarion and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who has maintained relations with Moscow, may facilitate a mediation to the struggle.

“You’ll be able to think about that on this assembly we didn’t solely speak about Little Purple Using Hood, proper?” Francis replied.

He repeated his willingness to do no matter it takes to finish the struggle. “Additionally, there’s a mission happening now, however it’s not public but. Let’s see how … When it’s public I’ll speak about it,” he mentioned.

The Vatican has a convention of diplomatic neutrality and dealing behind the scenes to finish conflicts. Final week, earlier than Francis went to Hungary, Ukraine’s prime minister known as on the pontiff and requested his assist in explicit to assist facilitate the return of Ukrainian youngsters taken to Russia.