Francis has sought to maintain diplomatic relations with Ukraine and Russia since the beginning of the war, but he has been criticized in some Catholic circles and in the media in some powerful countries. Russian President Vladimir Putin has condemned the daily war in Ukraine as “brutal” and “disgusting.”
As the first Jesuit and Latin American pope in history, Francis was criticized from the beginning of his Pontifical. Elected in 2013, already in 2017, to give an example, a group of Catholic scholars accused him of “sectarianism” for what he wrote in his apostolic exhortation “Amoris Laetitia” (2016) because he spoke. Providing unity for divorcees.
His most important adversaries were the American Cardinal Raymond Burke and the Italian Apostolic Nuncio, Carlo M. Vigano asked Percoglio to resign. When he hosted the first synod on Amazon in Rome in 2019, the opportunity for married tribesmen to become priests opened up, and the criticism did not stop. In addition, cases against false priests promoted by the pope and former staff and cardinals are still under investigation for embezzling Vatican funds.
Most conservative American Catholics have always seen Francis as a pope very close to the poor, and some have even accused him of being a “communist.”
The UN has no role to play
At the Vatican’s last public meeting this week, the pope described the logic of dominating the political world today as “a strategy by which the most powerful states can assert their own interests and expand their economic and ideology.” And the military. “And clearly, anonymously, he referred to the United States, Europe, Russia, and China. Trying.
The Pope, who always mentions the Pope, is now at the UN. “After World War II, an attempt was made to lay the foundation for a new history of peace. But the old story of the great powers competing with each other went on. In the current war in Ukraine, we are witnessing the incompetence of the UN. ” The world’s most powerful nations, Russia, the United States, the United Kingdom, France and China, remain under UN control because they are the only permanent members of the Security Council and have veto rights. . The other members of the Security Council, in ten countries that change from time to time, do not have it. The Security Council is the highest body in the UN, and the 193 member states are the only ones that can take mandatory action. An attempt was made to ban Russia, but it kept its veto. After all, the UN has suspended Russia from the Human Rights Council over what is happening in Ukraine.
Mediation between Russia and Ukraine?
From the beginning Francis sought to mediate between Russia and Ukraine. Although nothing has been explicitly reported about this, some facts have raised suspicions. Among them, on February 25, at the beginning of the conflict, he visited the Russian embassy in the Vatican without prior notice. According to the Italian press, his goal was to ask Putin to stop the bombing. His meeting with Russian Ambassador Alexander Avdev lasted more than half an hour. Although the Pope had known Avedi for a long time, the speech apparently did not lead to good results. But the pope has repeatedly told reporters: “I am ready to do whatever I can.” He further added that the Holy See’s Diplomatic Division handles Piotro Parolin, the Second Cardinal Secretary of the Vatican, and Monsignor Paul Richard Gallagher, Secretary of State for Relations.
“They do everything, but we can’t disclose what they do for discretion and privacy,” Francisco said. On March 23, the Russian ambassador to Cardinal Parole welcomed Avdev and the meeting lasted nearly two hours. According to the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, Pontiff was on a trip to the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, when he was telephoned by President Volodymyr Zelensky. During his recent visit to the island of Malta, Pope Benedict reiterated that he had not ruled out the possibility of a trip to the Queue, and the newspaper wrote that “if the conflict does not end, the trip will be a signal to Putin that it will become a last resort. To get a ceasefire.”
The pope sought to mediate by arranging a meeting with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, the patriotic grill who had openly supported the war from the beginning, according to the Russian ambassador. But other sources suggest that it could take place in Lebanon in the coming months. Grill and Francis have known each other for a long time, and both even attended an international religious meeting in Cuba in 2016. Since the election of Pope Francis in 2013, the Russian Church and the Vatican have forged a particular rapprochement. According to some, there is a certain sympathy for Putin who has openly defended the Christian minority in the Middle East. But as the war broke out in Ukraine, everything fell apart. The conflict has been described as the first war between Christians, Russian Orthodox and Ukrainian Orthodox and Catholics found on European soil decades later.
Gun procurement and auditing
Pope Francis has always spoken out against wars and, above all, the development of weapons, stressing that thousands of families around the world need food and education, and many governments want to spend money on weapons. According to Michael Ansaldi, Italian Vice President of Italy Viva at the RAI Monitoring Commission, March 25 is a special day in this sense. The day before, the pope had defined European countries as “crazy” for deciding to increase the cost of arms to 2 percent of GDP. Although Pope’s condemnation is important, Roy 1, one of the state’s three channels, and traditionally affiliated with the most conservative departments, censored the Pope’s opinion and did not broadcast it. In contrast, they were broadcast by the other two channels, Roy 2 and Roy 3, which were generally linked to more open and progressive sectors.
But apparently it’s not television. Many major Italian newspapers in Rome and Milan did not publish it. Others did it as background news. The censorship of the words of a world figure like Pope shows that, according to some analysts, some departments in Italy oppose pacifists and armed opponents like him.
New York Times and other newspapers
Considered one of the best and most objective newspapers in the United States ever, The New York Times now seems to have gone the other way. Although Perkoglio made many appeals and strong gestures at the diplomatic and humanitarian level regarding the war, the Pope was very wary of the American newspaper, especially of Russia. “He carefully avoided mentioning the names of the occupiers, President Putin and Russia (…) Pope condemns the war in Ukraine, but not the occupiers,” the New York Times wrote, criticizing Francis for not condemning the main religion. Supporter of the war, Patriot Grill. But the American newspaper made no mention of the mediation efforts, which were not published by Argentina. “The Vatican knows it must go very carefully, and it is important that Pope Francis maintains a language above the parties,” Vatican writer and journalist Marco Politi wrote in Il Fatto Quotidiano, a leading expert on the Vatican. Other newspapers recalled what popes like John Paul II did when US President George W. Bush decided to invade Iraq in Rome in 2003. The Pope tried to persuade him to change his mind. But he did not succeed. A good number of Catholics accused him of being a “pacifist” and a “liar.” Many years later, as Bush’s former Secretary of State Colin Powell publicly acknowledged, the pretext for invasion – that Iraq has “weapons of mass destruction” – was shown to be false.
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