The Vatican’s special envoy to Ukraine, Cardinal Matteo Zuppi, will arrive in Kyiv today for a two-day visit, the Vatican’s press service has said.
Today, Monday 5 June, Cardinal Matteo Zuppi begins a mission to Kyiv aimed at “easing tensions in the conflict in Ukraine”.
He will be in the Ukrainian capital as “an envoy of the Holy Father Francis,” the Holy See said in a communiqué.
The same note stresses that “this is an initiative whose main purpose is to listen in detail to the Ukrainian authorities on possible ways of achieving a just peace and to support gestures of humanity that will help to ease tensions.”
News of Zuppi’s appointment was made public by the Vatican press service on 20 May. The Pope himself had earlier spoken of a peaceful “mission” for the tormented Eastern European country. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican secretary of state, explained that it was not a mission that had “mediation as its immediate objective” but rather the aim “above all to try to favour the atmosphere, to favour an environment that can lead to peaceful paths”. The interlocutors “for the moment will be Moscow and Kiev, and then we’ll see,” Parolin added, noting that in this dialogue “we don’t want to exclude anyone”.
Reuters had earlier reported that Dzuppi would try to meet separately with Zelenskiy and Putin.