The pontiff made this revelation during a question-and-answer session with children in one of the main courtyards of the Vatican. A Ukrainian boy named Sachar asked him:
Can you come to Ukraine to save all the children who are suffering there right now?
Francois, who uses a wheelchair due to knee pain, replied that he often thinks of Ukrainian children and wants to go to Ukraine but has to choose the right time.
It’s not easy to make a decision that could do more harm than good to the rest of the world. I gotta find the right time to do ithe said, according to a Vatican transcript of the meeting.
Next week, I will receive representatives of the Ukrainian government, who will come here to talk, to even talk about a possible visit by me there. We’ll see what happens, said Francois. He did not give further details.
The war in Ukraine has forced the Vatican to engage in a diplomatic balancing act. He offered his mediation on several occasions to end the conflict.
The sovereign pontiff has repeatedly criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin implicitly about the war in Ukraine, but without ever naming him. He used the terms of
unwarranted aggression and D’
invasion and deplored the atrocities committed against civilians.
Pope Francis was invited by Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky, Mayor of Kyev Vitaliy Klitschko, Major Archbishop of Kyev and Galicia Sviatoslav Shevchuk, and Ukrainian Ambassador to the Vatican Andriy Yurash.
The latter told Reuters on Saturday that he had no details of the meeting mentioned by the pope.