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Ukrainians expect ‘proper assessment’ of war from Holy See, Major Archbishop tells Vatican foreign minister

May 24, 2022

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CWN Editor's Note: During his three-day visit to Ukraine, Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, the Holy See’s Secretary for Relations with States, met with Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.

Major Archbishop Shevchuk welcomed the visit as “a very powerful diplomatic sign of support of Ukraine and the Ukrainian people from the Apostolic See.” At the same time, the prelate conveyed “the expectations of Ukrainians regarding the role of the Apostolic See in the current situation of Russia’s war against Ukraine.”

Major Archbishop Shevchuk told Archbishop Gallagher that Ukrainians expect the Vatican “to give a proper assessment of this war in terms of both international law and Christian morality” and to “play its role in stopping aggression.”

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - May. 24, 2022 3:39 PM ET USA

    A "proper assessment" may not be easy or even possible for those inside Ukraine who are exposed to only the words the Ukrainian government wants them to hear. Pope Francis understands that military aggression is not only afflicting Ukraine from the east, but fierce aggression is being waged vigorously from the external west. He understands that as a pawn in the larger war, Ukraine is suffering dearly. He also understands how the West has imposed suffering on itself by its war against Russia.