Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Jun 5, 2022 / 05:35 am
Pope Francis had a poignant exchange Saturday with a young Ukrainian boy who asked him to visit Ukraine "to save all the children who are suffering there now."
The conversation took place at the Vatican where the pope met with 160 schoolchildren of various faiths participating in the program “Treno dei Bambini," Italian for “Children’s Train," an initiative of the Pontifical Council for Culture in collaboration with the Italian state railways.
The request for Pope Francis to visit Ukraine came from a young Ukrainian boy named Sachar, who left Ukraine as a refugee and now lives in Rome, according to Vatican Media.
"I do not have a question but a request: Can you come to Ukraine to save all the children who are suffering there now?" the boy asked.