Pope Francis has met with Zelenskyy twice: once in 2020, before the Russian invasion, and again on May 13, more than a year after the February 2022 invasion.
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COMMENTARY: The wounds from the Holy Father’s recent comments will not heal in Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania and other lands subjugated by imperial Moscow.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is making his case to the United Nations and the U.S. Congress for more military aid against Russia.
Zelenskyy said he and Cardinal Zuppi discussed the situation in Ukraine and humanitarian cooperation.
The Holy See Press Office said Francis and Zelenskyy spoke about the humanitarian and political situation in Ukraine amid the conflict.
Pope Francis has been frank about his openness to helping broker peace between Russia and Ukraine.
The leaders, uniting across diverse faith backgrounds, state that the solution to the war waged by Russia is not a military one.
In a tweet posted on Aug. 12, Zelenskyy wrote that he had briefed the Pope by phone on Russia’s ‘horrible crimes’ and aggression against Ukraine.
Vladimir Putin said on April 12 that peace talks were at a “dead end.”
In New Phone Call, Ukrainian President Zelenskyy Tells Pope Francis He Would Welcome Vatican Mediation
Zelenskyy said he told the Pope ‘about the difficult humanitarian situation and the blocking of rescue corridors by Russian troops.’