Pope Francis says he is considering trip to Kyiv

Pope Francis said on Saturday he was considering a trip to Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv.

Asked by a journalist on the plane that takes him from Rome to Malta if he was considering an invitation made by the Ukrainian political and religious authorities, Francis replied: “Yes, it is on the table”. He gave no further details.

Francis was invited by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Mayor of kyiv Vitali Klitschko, Major Archbishop Svyatoslav Shevchuk of the Byzantine Rite Catholic Church of Ukraine, and Ukrainian Ambassador to the Vatican Andriy Yurash.

He spoke on the phone with Zelensky and Shevchuk.

Since the invasion, which Russia calls a “special military operation” to demilitarize Ukraine, the pope has strongly condemned what he called “unjustified aggression” and denounced “atrocities”.

But he only made direct reference to Russia in prayers, such as at a special global peace event on March 25.

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