Pope Francis Speaks with Ukraine President Zelenskyy on the Phone and Zelenskyy Thanks the Pope for his Prayers
Shortly thereafter, in a separate tweet, the Ukrainian Ambassador to the Holy See, Andrii Yurash, reiterated the news of the telephone conversation, adding that "Ukrainian state and society will be happy to greet the Holy Father”, expressing hopes for a visit by Pope Francis to Kiev.
Talked to @Pontifex_it. Briefed him on RF aggression against 🇺🇦, its horrible crimes. Grateful to the pontiff for his prayers for 🇺🇦. Our people need support of world spiritual leaders who should convey to the world the truth about acts of horror committed by the aggressor in 🇺🇦.— Володимир Зеленський (@ZelenskyyUa) August 12, 2022
Speaking to the Italian Parliament on 22 March, President Zelensky spoke about his conversation with Pope Francis, adding that the Pope had said “very important words.” Also, on the 26th February, two days after Russia’s invasion, the two men spoke by phone. During that conversation, Pope Francis expressed to the president "his deepest sorrow for the tragic events that are taking place in the country." Shortly afterward, President Zelensky said, "I thanked the Pope for praying for peace in Ukraine and for a truce. The Ukrainian people feel the spiritual support of His Holiness." The Pope's appeals On numerous occasions since the beginning of the conflict, the Pope's thoughts have gone out to the people of Ukraine. At his most recent General Audience, on 10 August, Pope Francis lamented the ongoing suffering of the Ukrainian people, "who are still suffering from this cruel war." He also expressed a special thought for the "many migrants who are continually arriving." Throughout these months, the Pope has continually appealed for the world not to forget the war in Ukraine nor to tire of welcoming those who are forced to flee their homes in search of peace.
SinceStart ofWar it was3rd telephoneConversation betweenPopeFrancis @Pontifex &PresidentOf🇺🇦VolodymyrZelenskyy @ZelenskyyUa ThankingForPrayer&Humanitarian Support, 🇺🇦confirms Again:🇺🇦&🇺🇦Society will beHappy toGreetHolyFather.Papal touchToSufferingLand canHelpStopWar&Install Peace pic.twitter.com/3asoehbZiL— Andrii Yurash (@AndriiYurash) August 12, 2022