Pope Francis on Sunday asked for prayers to accompany him on what he calls a “peace pilgrimage” for a meeting of religious leaders in Kazakhstan this week. In a statement, Francis said Tuesday he will begin a three-day visit to the Central Asian country to attend a gathering of world and traditional religious leaders. , will be an opportunity to have a dialogue as brothers, driven by a common desire for the peace that our world craves,” said Francis.
“I ask you to offer your prayers on this pilgrimage of peace,” the Pope said.
He hopes to meet during his travels with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill, who is trying to justify Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on spiritual and ideological grounds in a “metaphysical” battle with the West. did.
Earlier this summer, however, Kirill withdrew from interfaith gatherings. Plans for his second meeting earlier this year were postponed due to the diplomatic fallout of the war in Ukraine.
After Francis mentioned his pilgrimage, he urged continued prayer for the Ukrainian people, “May the Lord give them comfort and hope.” He said that the Polish cardinal who serves as his official beneficiary is now in Ukraine, visiting various communities and specifically testifying to the closeness between the pope and the Catholic Church.
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