#BreakingNews Vatican Confirms Pope Francis Calls Ukraine President Zelensky who Asks for a Mediating Role of the Holy See

The Vatican has confirmed that Pope Francis spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky by phone for a second time.

Zelensky addressed the Italian Parliament via video link on Tuesday March 22, 2022. Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky said the Pope had very important words. 

Zelensky, in video conference with the Italian Parliament, repeated his appeal for more sanctions to be imposed on Russia.

 Zelensky said he spoke to the Pope about the resistance of the Ukrainian people "who became an army when it saw evil."

Zelensky discussed the telephone call through his Twitter account: “Talked to @Pontifex. Told His Holiness about the difficult humanitarian situation and the blocking of rescue corridors by Russian troops. The mediating role of the Holy See in ending human suffering would be appreciated. Thanked for the prayers for Ukraine and peace.”

Ukraine's in pectore Ambassador to the Holy See, Andrii Yurash, had also tweeted news of the telephone conversation adding that the Pope assured the Ukrainian President that he is "praying" for Ukraine and is doing "everything possible to end the war."

According to the Ambassador, Zelensky told the Pope "His Holiness is the most awaited guest in Ukraine."

The invitation to Pope Francis to visit Kyiv, had already been expressed in a letter by the mayor of Kyiv, Vitalij Klyčko. A letter to which the Pope responded, (as confirmed by the director of the Holy See Press Office), reiterating his closeness "to the suffering of the city, its people, those who had to flee and those who are called to administer it". 

 Pope Francis called President Zelensky, for the first time, on the 26th of February, two days after the Russian invasion. Pope Francis expressed to the president "his deepest sorrow for the tragic events that are taking place in your country."

Edited from Vatican News