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The Holy See announced that the Pope’s envoy for peace in Ukraine, Cardinal Matteo Zuppi, met in Beijing with China’s special representative for Eurasia at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Li Hui “in an open and cordial atmosphere.”
During the meeting, they discussed “the war in Ukraine and its dramatic consequences, emphasizing the need to join forces to encourage dialogue and find ways that lead to peace,” the Holy See said in a statement.
The statement added that the two representatives also touched on the issue of food security, “with the hope that it will soon be possible to guarantee the export of grain, especially to countries at the highest risk.”
Ahead of Cardinal Zuppi’s mission to China, the press service of the Holy See explained that his visit is another step in the mission initiated by the Pope “to support humanitarian initiatives and look for ways that can lead to a just peace.”
What is known about the “peacekeeping mission” of the Vatican
In late April, Pope Francis announced that the Vatican was participating in a peacekeeping mission to try to end the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
“There is a mission going on now, but it has not been made public. When it is made public, I will tell you about it,” the Pope told reporters on the return flight from Hungary.
Subsequently, both Kyiv and Moscow denied information about this initiative.
However, on May 10, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin said that “these were not refusals.”
“They said they didn’t know anything about it, but then there were contacts where it became clear from both sides that it was a misunderstanding,” he said.
In early June, Cardinal Dzuppi visited Kyiv and met with President Volodymyr Zelensky. Ombudsman Dmytro Lubinets told the representative of the Vatican about the murders, rapes and abductions of Ukrainian children by the Russian military. Later, Dzuppi visited Moscow, where he met with children’s ombudsman Lvova-Belova, who is suspected of illegally deporting Ukrainian children.
On July 17-19, Dzuppi continued his mission with a visit to Washington.
On September 12, Dzuppi announced her intention to visit China The RepublicOn September 13, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning confirmed information about the visit and added that Li Hui, who visited Ukraine in May as China’s special envoy, will meet with the cardinal.
Scandal with the Pope and “the greatness of Russia”
In August, Pope Francis called Russians “descendants of great culture and humanity” and “great Russia.” The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine reprimanded that Pope Francis promotes narratives about the “great power of the Russian Federation”.
The Vatican later said that Pope Francis had never promoted imperialist ideas.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania summoned the Apostolic Nuncio to talk about the Pope’s statement.
The OP of Ukraine said that after these words of the Pope, there can be no question of his mediation in the end of the war.