As pope, he has consistently shown his concern for Ukrainians. In 2016, he launched a charitable project, called “The Pope for Ukraine,” that has helped more than a million people.
He presided last month over a worldwide day of prayer for peace in Ukraine.
Aleksandr Avdeyev, Russia’s ambassador to the Holy See, said last week that Pope Francis could meet the head of the Russian Orthodox Church in June or July.
The Russian news agency Tass reported that Avdeyev made the comment on Feb. 18 at a Russian-Italian conference in Genoa.
“Preparations for a second meeting between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill are underway now for around June-July,” he was quoted as saying. “The place hasn’t been chosen yet.”
Pope Francis met with Patriarch Kirill at Havana airport in Cuba on Feb. 12, 2016, in the first meeting between a pope and a Patriarch of Moscow.