Vatican City, Mar 8, 2022 / 08:00 am
Cardinal Pietro Parolin urged an end to armed attacks in Ukraine during a phone call with Russia’s foreign minister on Tuesday, the Vatican confirmed.
The Vatican’s secretary of state “conveyed Pope Francis’ deep concern about the ongoing war in Ukraine” during a call with Sergey Lavrov on the morning of March 8.
Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said Parolin reaffirmed Pope Francis’ message from this past Sunday, in which he condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and expressed his solidarity with the country.
“Rivers of blood and tears are flowing in Ukraine,” Francis began his Angelus address on March 6. “It is not merely a military operation, but a war, which sows death, destruction, and misery.”