Aboard the papal plane, Apr 2, 2022 / 06:52 am
Pope Francis on Saturday said a papal visit to Kyiv is "on the table," raising the possibility of a dramatic escalation of the Holy See's diplomatic and spiritual efforts to bring about an end to the fighting that has raged in Ukraine since Russia invaded the country on Feb. 24.
The pope has spoken out repeatedly for peace in Ukraine in his general audiences and Angelus addresses since the violence began. On the papal flight en route to Malta, the pope was asked if he was considering accepting an invitation from authorities in Kyiv to visit the besieged Ukrainian capital, a trip that the apostolic nuncio in Ukraine has said is logistically possible, if unlikely given the dangers associated with any public gatherings in the city.
“Yes, it's on the table,” Pope Francis responded, according to NBC News correspondent, Claudio Lavanga.
Pope Francis greeted a group of Ukrainian war refugees Saturday morning before heading to the airport for the flight to Malta, his first papal flight of 2022.