Pope Promises to Help Ukraine

Saturday, 26 Apr 2014 11:30 AM

 

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis told Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk on Saturday that he would "do everything possible" for the country, amid fears that Russia could be about to invade.

Yatsenyuk said he asked Francis "to pray for Ukraine and for stability in Europe" and told him he was grateful for the support.

He said the Vatican had already averted wars during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 and the Argentina-Chile territorial dispute in 1978.

The Vatican said in a statement that Francis and Yatsenyuk had discussed the "specific role" that religious organizations could play "in fostering mutual respect and harmony."

"Mention was made of possible further initiatives by the international community in this regard," the statement said.

Yatsenyuk's spokeswoman said the premier was cutting short his trip to Rome and will miss the canonization of John Paul II and John XXIII, as tensions mount in the eastern part of the ex-Soviet country and Western nations threaten sanctions.

Yatsenyuk spent 18 minutes behind closed doors with the pope, who had urged the international community to "prevent violence" in Ukraine in his Easter Sunday message.

At an exchange of gifts, Yatsenyuk presented Francis with a photograph of Maidan square in Kiev on New Year's night.

"This is where Ukrainians fought for their freedom and rights. Millions of people," he said.

The pope in return offered the Ukraine leader a pen, saying "I hope this pen will sign the peace," to which Yatsenyuk replied "I hope so."

 

© AFP 2014

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

US Stops Short of Finding Russian Role in Airliner Downing

Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 09:53 AM

Three American intelligence officials who briefed reporters yesterday said U.S. technical intelligence and overhead sate . . .

Obama Tells Fundraiser Russia Is Financing Ukraine Rebels

Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 22:39 PM

President Barack Obama accused Russia on Tuesday of financing Ukraine rebels and said challenges overseas were causing a . . .

Kerry Urges Hamas to End Conflict

Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 16:43 PM

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged Hamas on Tuesday to pursue a negotiated end to its conflict with Israel after w . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved