Does the Vatican hold the key to end the war in Ukraine?

Written by Jakob A. Overgaard

Sep.13 - 2023 7:55 AM CET

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Cardinal Matteo Zuppi, the special envoy of Pope Francis, is embarking on a mission to China. In Beijing, he is set to meet with Chinese authorities with the primary aim of exploring potential avenues to end the war in Ukraine.

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This move is seen as the latest attempt to carve out a "peace corridor" or at the very least, achieve a ceasefire, as reported by the Italian newspaper "La Repubblica".

Observers claim that the Pope views China as one of the pivotal nations that could play a significant role in brokering peace. Cardinal Zuppi stated during a meeting of the Community of Sant'Egidio in Berlin, that peace must prevail, in line with the choices of the Ukrainians.

This trip to Beijing marks the fourth mission of Cardinal Zuppi, who is the head of the Italian Episcopal Conference, concerning the Russia-Ukraine conflict. Previously, he had visited Kiev, Moscow, and Washington.

It is speculated that during this visit, Zuppi might have a meeting with China's Premier, Li Qiang.

The Vatican's outreach to China underscores the importance of involving all major global players in the quest for peace. As the papal envoy remarked when asked about his expectations for the upcoming journey, engaging everyone, especially those of great significance like China, is crucial. According to the Vatican peace requires the effort of all and cannot be imposed by anyone.

The ongoing conflict in Ukraine has drawn international attention, with various nations and organizations stepping in to mediate and find a resolution.

The Vatican's intervention, especially through a figure as prominent as Cardinal Zuppi, highlights the urgency and global significance of the situation.

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