#BreakingNews Pope Francis Travels to Russian Embassy in Rome and Appeals for Peace with Ambassador Alexander Avdeev of Russia

Pope Francis went to the Russian embassy to express concern over the war in Ukraine. According to Vatican News he spent more than a half-hour at the Russian embassy on the Via della Conciliazione in Rome on Friday February 25th, 2022. Cardinal Pietro Parolin also issued an appeal for negotiations.

The Pope traveled to the headquarters of the Russian Embassy to the Holy See, which is headed by Ambassador Alexander Avdeev. The pontiff arrived in a white car and remained in the building on Via della Conciliazione, as confirmed by the director of the Vatican Press Office, Matteo Bruni. 

Ukraine, an eastern European country, has been under attack since the night of February 24th, 2022. According to reports over 200 people have already been killed and over 1000 injured. During the General Audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis made an appeal " to those with political responsibility to examine their consciences seriously before God, who is the God of peace and not of war.” He also called on believers and non-believers to unite in a joint prayer for peace on the 2nd of March, Ash Wednesday, by praying and fasting. “Jesus taught us that the diabolical senselessness of violence is answered with God's weapons, with prayer and fasting,” the Pontiff said. “I invite everyone to make next 2 March, Ash Wednesday, a Day of Fasting for Peace. I encourage believers in a special way to dedicate themselves intensely to prayer and fasting on that day. May the Queen of Peace preserve the world from the madness of war.”
In Cardinal Parolin's statement, it was explained, “As believers, we do not lose hope for a glimmer of conscience on the part of those who hold in their hands the fortunes of the world. And we continue to pray and fast — as we shall do this coming Ash Wednesday — for peace in Ukraine and in the entire world.”
Edited from Vatican News