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Pope Critical of Russia But Calls War Maybe Provoked

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The Pope has again criticized Russia for the invasion of Ukraine but has emphasized that the situation is not black and white.

 

According to the Italian newspaper La Stampa, Pope Francis has told Jesuit media that Russian troops are “brutal and brutal” in Ukraine, but that the war “may have been provoked in some way”.

The Pope is not in favour of Russian President Vladimir Putin, but believes that “a complicated situation should not be reduced to a distinction between good and evil”. But while the Pope is critical of the Russian troops, he praises the Ukrainian army. The Ukrainians would be brave and fight for survival.

The Pope has often criticized Russian aggression during this war. Among other things, he said that the bombing of Mariupol was barbaric and that the war made him “suffer and cry.”

In September, Francis will meet Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church. Kirill is controversial because he is openly a supporter of Putin, but if it is up to the Pope, their meeting will continue.

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