The Vatican’s statement appeared to refer in part to criticism over Pope Francis’ Aug. 24 appeal for an end to the war in Ukraine, in which he referenced Dugina’s death.
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Archbishop Gintaras Grušas of Vilnius, Lithuania, is also the apostolic administrator of the Lithuanian military.
The July 14 attack killed at least 23 people and wounded more than 200.
A Russian missile strike hit a shopping mall in Kremenchuk on June 27. Francis spoke about Ukraine after praying the Angelus in honor of the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul.
Wolodymyr and Tatiana Korczyński arrived in Rome on June 21 with a Ukrainian flag and a desire to pray at St. John Paul II’s tomb for peace in their home country.
During his address, he urged world leaders to unite against war and work toward solutions.
The Pope recited the Rosary before the statue of Mary Regina Pacis (Mary, Queen of Peace) at Rome’s Basilica of St. Mary Major on May 31, at the end of the Month of Mary. He meditated on the Sorrowful Mysteries in union with Marian shrines around the world, including in Zarvanytsia.
In a speech on May 23, the Pope commended the volunteers for helping the vulnerable.
Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the Vatican’s equivalent of a foreign minister, said that his meeting with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba on May 20 focused on ‘pondering the restoration of peace.’
It was the first large gathering for the May 13 anniversary since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as since Pope Francis consecrated Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.