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Russian embassy praises Pope Francis for his ‘truly strategic viewpoint on world problems’

March 15, 2024

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CWN Editor's Note: The Russian Embassy to the Holy See and the Sovereign Military Order of Malta paid tribute to Pope Francis on March 13, the 11th anniversary of his election.

“Pope Francis is a true and sincere advocat[e] of humanism, peace and traditional values,” the embassy tweeted, as it described the Pontiff as “one of the few political leaders with a truly strategic viewpoint on world problems.”

The Russian embassy’s praise of Pope Francis’s “truly strategic viewpoint” came days after the airing of an interview in which the Pope called on Ukraine to “raise the white flag” and negotiate—leading to an anguished statement from the Permanent Synod of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Mar. 16, 2024 11:59 AM ET USA

    I find it interesting that the Russian statement emphasizes Francis' secular and political savvy, but not a peep about his spiritual guidance. Given that the Russian special military operation is as much a spiritual defense of Russian Orthodox morality as it is a military defense of the long-battered residents of the Donbass, it would have been significant if the Russian statement had included a nod towards a spiritual reasoning that may be motivating Francis' remarks about the need for peace.