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Abroad Today, 12:00, the Pope’s peace envoy is going to Ukraine

Italian Cardinal Matteo Dzupi, the peace envoy of Pope Francis of the Roman Catholic Church, went to Kyiv on Monday for two days of talks with representatives of the Ukrainian leadership on the war with Russia, the Vatican announced.

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Italian Cardinal Matteo Dzupi, the peace envoy of Pope Francis of the Roman Catholic Church, went to Kyiv on Monday for two days of talks with representatives of the Ukrainian leadership on the war with Russia, the Vatican announced.

The head of the Italian Bishops’ Conference, Dzupi, “as an envoy of the Holy Father, will visit Kyiv” on June 5 and 6, according to the statement.

“The main reason for this initiative is to listen in depth to the representatives of the Ukrainian authorities on possible ways to achieve a just peace and to support humanitarian gestures that would contribute to reducing tensions,” the Vatican said.

Last month, the Vatican said that Francis had asked Dzupi to lead a peacekeeping mission to “help de-escalate the conflict in Ukraine.”

The step was taken “in the hope, which the Holy Father has never given up, that paths of peace can thus be started,” Vatican press secretary Mateo Bruni said in May.

Francis already mentioned the possible mission in April, after returning from a trip to Hungary. True, no closer details were provided.

The 67-year-old Dzupi was elected to the position of head of the Italian Bishops’ Conference last year. He worked at the Community of Saint Egidius, specializing in diplomacy and peace efforts.

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