Zelenskyy, Pope talk on Ukraine crisis

Kyiv, March 22 : Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Tuesday informed Pope Francis about the humanitarian crisis in the country amid Russian invasion. In a tweet, Zelenskyy said, “Talked to Pope Francis. Told His Holiness about the difficult humanitarian situation and the blocking of rescue corridors by Russian troops.” He further said that the mediating role of the Pope in ending human suffering “would be appreciated”. “Thanked for the prayers for Ukraine and peace,” he added. Earlier, Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko had written to the Pope urging him to visit the Ukrainian capital. the Pope’s presence in Kyiv “is key for saving lives and paving the path to peace in our city, country and beyond.” He also suggested a joint video conference with President Zelenskyy if the Pope were not able to personally make the visit, CNN reported. According to CNN, the Pope has also appealed for an end to the war and has offered the Vatican’s assistance in mediation. RNJ

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