ROME — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky spoke on the phone Friday with Pope Francis, thanking him for his prayers and asking for his support.
In a Twitter Publish On Friday, Zelensky said he had briefed the pontiff on Russian aggression against Ukraine and “its horrific crimes”, while stressing Ukraine’s need for “the support of world spiritual leaders who should convey to the world the truth about the acts of horror committed by the aggressor”.
“I thanked Pope Francis for praying for Ukraine during a conversation with him,” Zelensky wrote in a separate Instagram post. “I spoke about Russia’s aggression and the terrible crimes against our state.”
As Vatican News reported, Friday’s phone call was the third conversation between the two leaders since Russia invaded Ukraine, the first on February 26 and the second on March 22.
The Ukrainian ambassador to the Holy See, Andrii Yurash, took advantage of the news to reiterate Ukraine’s invitation to Francis to go to Kyiv. “The Ukrainian state and society will be happy to greet the Holy Father,” he said. said on Twitter, adding that a “papal touch” to this suffering land can help “stop the war and install peace”.
As Breitbart News reported, Pope Francis met with Yurash last Saturday to discuss a possible visit to Ukraine. The ambassador suggested the visit could take place before the pope’s trip to Kazakhstan, scheduled for September 13-15.
Ukraine has been waiting for the pope for many years, especially since the start of the war, and “will be happy to greet him before his trip to Kazakhstan,” Yurash wrote.